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AMD is deploying a patch for the second Spectre CPU vulnerability

AMD is deploying a patch for the second Spectre CPU vulnerability

Meltdown and Spectre are two recently-revealed system-level bugs that affect the processors in virtually every PC and smartphone now in circulation.

AMD officially admitted today that its processors are not vulnerable to the Meltdown bug, but are affected by both variants of the Spectre flaw.

Customers have complained to the company about a higher than usual level of system reboots following installation of the patches.

While researchers who identified Spectre and Meltdown had warned that software patches could cause device performance hits of up to 30 percent, companies rolling out fixes are finding the impacts can vary widely.

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In the meantime, Microsoft this week said it has "temporarily paused" patches for Windows customers running AMD processors after some users reported seeing the "blue screen of death" after the update was applied.

Now, however, Google is saying that not only did it know about the three specific Spectre and Meltdown CPU exploits, it worked to patch its own product line against a variant of Spectre that "was going to be much harder to mitigate". This affects not just those using client-based Broadwell or Haswell processors but data centers as well.

"Microsoft is working with AMD to resolve this issue and should resume Windows OS security updates to this subset of AMD processors via Windows Update and WSUS by next week", the company added. The CPU firmware patches are also the most likely to slow down computer performance, but by exactly how much is still unclear. "We are also working directly with data center customers to discuss the issue". "If this requires a revised firmware update from Intel, we will distribute that update through the normal channels", Intel advised.

The company is not giving the same advice to consumers, however, with Navin stating, "End-users should continue to apply updates recommended by their system and operating system providers".


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