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Intel says new firmware patches trigger reboots in Haswell and Broadwell systems

The headlong race to hide the Meltdown/Spectre debacle has claimed some other sufferer. In a stunning transfer, Intel has raised a pink flag about a few of its firmware patches. What will have to you do? Wait.

The day prior to this, Intel government VP Navin Shenoy posted at the corporate weblog:

We now have won experiences from a couple of consumers of upper machine reboots after making use of firmware updates. In particular, those programs are working Intel Broadwell and Haswell CPUs for each shopper and knowledge middle. We’re running temporarily with those consumers to know, diagnose and deal with this reboot factor. If this calls for a revised firmware replace from Intel, we can distribute that replace during the commonplace channels.

Shenoy went on to emphasise that Intel used to be running immediately with its large consumers — however that standard Intel consumers “will have to proceed to use updates really helpful by means of their machine and running machine suppliers.”

I’m seeking to glance up the time period condescending, however by no means thoughts.

Robert McMillan at The Wall Boulevard Magazine picked up on the story late last night (paywall):

Intel is quietly advising some customers to hold off installing patches that address new security flaws affecting virtually all of its processors. It turns out the patches had bugs of their own.

Then Reuters got in on the act:

Intel has identified three issues in updates released over the past week for “microcode,” or firmware, the [Wall Street Journal] reported, citing a confidential document the company had shared with some customers that it had reviewed.

Intel’s been riding out the Meltdown/Spectre storm with some aplomb, publishing a performance hit table (see screenshot below) that says Skylake, Kaby Lake, and Coffee Lake processors (6th, 7th and 8th generation) take a 7 to 8 percent performance hit with the new Meltdown-free firmware.

intel performance hitWoody Leonhard/IDG

There’s no mention in the official speedtest about the 2-year-old Broadwell chip.

Where does that leave “normal” Windows users with 2016 or earlier processors? In a holding pattern. Again (pardon me if I sound like a broken record) there are NO Meltdown/Spectre exploits in the wild (although one highly credible researcher, Alex Ionescu, claims he has a working proof of concept for Home windows — which he received’t unencumber for a couple of extra weeks).

What in regards to the Microsoft Floor?

As for Microsoft Floor house owners — Microsoft falling into the “really helpful by means of their machine and running machine suppliers” bucket discussed by means of Intel — we don’t know what’s going to occur. Microsoft hasn’t spoke back to Intel’s admission. We don’t know when (or if) it’ll replace its Floor firmware patches.

All we all know is that Microsoft has made no dedication to offering a Meltdown/Spectre patch for Floor Professional 2, Floor Professional (authentic), or Floor three (non-Professional) PCs.

Inform me once more what number of billions Microsoft has made out of Floor?

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