Google Explains Meltdown, Spectre Fix Impact On Cloud Services

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

The company promised to issue a new fix to make good the reliability issues introduced by its Meltdown and Spectre patches.

Customers have complained to the company about a higher than usual level of system reboots following installation of the patches. He also promises that the remainder of those products will have patches out by the end of January, and then says the company will continue to issue fixes for older products "as prioritized by [its] customers". However, the Meltdown and Spectre patches have reportedly slowed down the performance of systems.

The cause of the issue is now unknown, but Intel has revealed it's working around the clock to assemble and distribute a patch - though there's no telling how long it will take to arrive. Specifically, these systems are running Intel Broadwell and Haswell CPUs for both client and data center.

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However, in the meantime, Intel is warning customers to hold off on installing the patches, according to e-mail acquired by The Wall Street Journal. The second Variant, which again is part of Spectre, proved much more hard to patch, as Google was specifically trying to avoid a hit to performance.

All eyes were on Krzanich at CES 2018 as he gave the show's opening keynote, just days after experts in Google found the flaw in the chips made by Intel.

Intel is now looking into reports that some of its customers are experiencing reboots in systems that update to the latest firmware for Meltdown/Spectre mitigation. "We are also working directly with data center customers to discuss the issue".

The world's largest chipmaker last week that the security issues reported by researchers in the company's widely used microprocessors could allow hackers to steal sensitive information from computers, phones and other electronic devices.

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