Intel asks customers to avoid installing patches for Meltdown, Spectre flaws

Intel recently came up with a partial fix for the Meltdown and Spectre flaws that are affecting the performance of its chip sets.

By Chandrika
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Intel recently confirmed that Meltdown and Spectre flaws are indeed slowing down the performance of its chips. The high-profile security vulnerabilities affect the performance of CPU feature called Speculative Execution, which is responsible for improving speed and operate multiple operations. Thankfully, Intel came up with a partial fix for its customers. However, much to Intel's dismay, the patch that was issued by the company has a few problems of its own.

Intel wants us to avoid installing patches for Meltdown, Spectre flaws

 

In fact, things are so bad that Intel has advised some of its customers, computer makers and cloud providers to avoid the official patch altogether. This unfortunate news came to light yesterday when Intel Executive Vice President Navin Shenoy issued a statement on the company's website. He asked a groups of customers to just stop installing the patches for fixing their critically vulnerable systems.

So what makes the patches faulty? Well, the patches rolled out after months of development caused computers to reboot more frequently than usual and other "unpredictable" behavior. "I apologize for any disruption this change in guidance may cause," Shenoy said in the blog post.

The company also posted a full list of Intel-based devices that are affected by this issue, and if you are wondering, the list is not short. The good news is Intel is trying its best to come up with a solution for this problem. "I assure you we are working around the clock to ensure we are addressing these issues, " Shenoy added further.

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Other than that, some customers have been complaining that after receiving the patches, the performance of their computer has slowed down. However, Intel has said a typical home and business PC users are not expected to experience significant slowdowns.

In any case, if Intel doesn't release a usable patch to fix these issues, its business could get impacted as well. The company has asked technology providers to test a new version of the patches, which has already started being rolled out. Hopefully, the new patches will address the issues and bring a fix for them.

 

Chipset vulnerabilities has emerged as a huge problem for customers lately, with a range of affected systems. However, if you know how to stay protected from Meltdown and Spectre, your system will be secure.

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