Chromebooks With Meltdown Patch Have Been Listed By Google

Intel said it may need to issue updates to fix'buggy patches

Meltdown and Spectre chip flaw timeline

According to Shenoy, Intel will most likely be pushing out revised firmware (sans unexpected rebooting) through its "normal channels", and is in direct contact with its data center customers regarding the issue.

Intel's fixes for the Meltdown and Spectre bugs are triggering processors released between 2013 and 2016 to randomly reboot. Intel says that end-users should continue applying updates recommended by their system and operating system providers.

Customer-First Urgency: By Jan. 15, we will have issued updates for at least 90 percent of Intel CPUs introduced in the past five years, with updates for the remainder of these CPUs available by the end of January.

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The problems affect PC and datacenter systems running the company's Broadwell and Haswell processors.

While its statement regarding its products' vulnerability both Spectre variants has changed, the company said its chips' architecture will make it very hard for attackers to exploit version 2. We know that impact on performance varies widely, based on the specific workload, platform configuration and mitigation technique.

Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) is quietly advising some customers to hold off installing patches that address new security flaws affecting virtually all of its processors, WSJ reports. And thanks to the efforts of hundreds of engineers, no one has apparently noticed because the fixes haven't slowed down or degraded popular services like Google search, Google Drive, and Gmail.

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However, the Spectre and Meltdown flaws break down this wall, allowing one app to read another's private memory, potentially exposing sensitive information.

Ultimately, Intel and other chipmakers, such as AMD, will have to issue hardware- or firmware-level fixes to eliminate the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities. And worse, you may not get patches at the rate you'd expect if Intel is telling system manufacturers not to issue them right now.

Given Nvidia shares GPU architecture across all its graphics tech, from GeForce gaming cards to enterprise-grade Quadro and Tesla chips, it seems a whole host of Nvidia kit is affected by Spectre.

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