Meltdown and Spectre: Intel advices some users to delay installing its latest software update

Intel says it has been receiving numerous reports of system reboots after installing the update.

  • Published: January 12, 2018 12:42 PM IST

After rolling out a patch to combat the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerability, Intel is apparently quietly telling some of its big customers to “delay” installing the fix.

First reported by WSJ, Intel is telling its customers to delay the download of the update because the recently issued software update can cause its latest processors to reboot when they’re not supposed to, something the company acknowledged in a statement yesterday.

“We have received reports from a few customers of higher system reboots after applying firmware updates,” Navin Shenoy, executive vice president and general manager of Intel’s data center group, said in the statement. “We are working quickly with these customers to understand, diagnose, and address this reboot issue.”

However, as the report notes, Intel does not seem to be giving this advice to all of its users, and have reserved it to, who it refers as, the “big customers”. “End-users should continue to apply updates recommended by their system and operating system providers,” Shenoy said.

The said updates are aimed to address a security flaw that affects nearly every Intel processor produced since 1995. Attacking is pair, and dubbed as Meltdown and Spectre, the vulnerability is capable of allowing hackers to access photos, passwords, and other sensitive information from just about any PC or server.

  • Published Date: January 12, 2018 12:42 PM IST