Intel advises users against installing the Spectre and Meltdown fix released last week

The patches are causing systems with Broadwell and Haswell chipsets to reboot frequently.

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    • Intel is working on fixing these problems
    • Intel has also instructed the technology providers to test new versions of the patches that had been distributed on Saturday

Recently, two security vulnerabilities were spotted affecting chipsets across the globe. These vulnerabilities were named Spectre and Meltdown. Patches for both the vulnerabilities were released by Intel for their chipsets. However, the company is now advising its users against installing the patches, citing reports that the firmware updates are causing the systems with Broadwell and Haswell chipsets to reboot quite frequently.

Just last week, Intel announced that it had issued firmware updates for 90 percent of the Intel chipsets made in the past five years. It is a bit odd that the company is just advising its customers to not install the patch instead of rolling it back.

Intel VP Navin Shenoy in a statement on Monday said,
“We recommend that OEMs, cloud service providers, system manufacturers, software vendors and end users stop deployment of current versions, as they may introduce higher than expected reboots and other unpredictable system behavior.”

He however urged all customers to vigilantly maintain security best practice and keep systems up-to-date. “The security of our products is critical for Intel, our customers and partners, and for me, personally. I assure you we are working around the clock to ensure we are addressing these issues”, he further added.

Intel has also instructed the technology providers to test new versions of the patches that had been distributed on Saturday. Intel last week in a statement also said that these patches affect the performance capabilities of these two chipsets. Some specific workloads and configurations slowed down the chipsets by up to 25 percent.

Also Read: Apple releases iOS 11.2.2 and macOS 10.13.2 updates to patch Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities

Various major companies like Microsoft, Google and Apple have been hard at work to push out updates to mitigate these vulnerabilities for their devices. With the help of Spectre and Meltdown, hackers can easily gain access to users personal information like their emails and passwords.