Don't download Intel's latest Spectre and Meltdown patch, Intel warns


Patches are being developed by Intel and then pushed out to their OEM partners who then send these out to end-user customers as BIOS updates or operating system patches depending on which of the three issues, that are collectively known as Spectre and Meltdown, they fix.

There have been numerous reports of issues with the various patches issued by vendors, including Intel. Instead, these partners should "focus efforts on testing early versions of the updated solution so we can accelerate its release".

"We believe it is important for OEMs and our customers to follow this guidance for all of the specified platforms listed below, as they may demonstrate higher than expected reboots and unpredictable system behavior".

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The company said on Monday that it wanted computer manufacturers and data center owners to stop using the current fixes for the so-called Meltdown and Spectre security flaws, which can let hackers steal sensitive information from computers made with its processors. However, it appears to be problematic for those on Broadwell or Haswell. However, until then, Intel is changing their tune in terms of updating. In a post today, executive vice president Neil Shenoy announced that Intel had located the source of some of the recent reboot problems and is recommending users skip the patches entirely until a better version could be deployed. Intel says that it expects to share more details on its testing later this week. The patches, which the company spent months crafting, cause computers to reboot more often than normal. The same issues have been happening on Ivy Bridge, Sandy Bridge, Skylake, and Kaby Lake processors too; Intel says it's "actively working on developing solutions" for those platforms as well.

And, hopefully, those left out in the cold by Intel should soon (Intel promises!) have a fix coming their way.