Intel Corp. on Monday announced that patches it released to address high-security vulnerabilities in its chips are faulty. It advised its customers to stop deploying them. The entire last week, Intel users have been facing patching problems. Users reported that buggy patches caused higher reboot rates in the older chips but last week the problem affected newer processors as well. The Wall Street Journal first reported the Intel chip bug and asked its customers to halt using the patches. Users reported that computers were spontaneously rebooting after installing Intel’s Spectre/Meltdown patch. Intel seems to be giving up on those patches completely.
In a post on the chipmaker’s website Navin Shenoy, Intel Executive Vice President disclosed that they have located the problem and assures the users that they are addressing these issues.
I apologize for any disruption this change in guidance may cause, I assure you we are working around the clock to ensure we are addressing these issues. – Navin Shenoy, Intel Executive Vice President
Intel’s patch problem could cause businesses to postpone purchasing new computers. Intel is still trying to get its hands on what’s happening. They have not yet resolved the matter, said by IDC analyst Mario Morales. Intel has started working on updates as it asked its providers to start testing the next version of the patches which it began distributing on Saturday.
Meltdown and Spectre bugs required a large number of quickly assembled patches which includes fixes on the browser and operating system level. Meltdown affected to chips from Intel, as well as from SoftBank Group Corp’s (9984T) ARM Holdings. Spectre affected to every modern computing device, including the chips from Intel, ARM and Advanced Micro Devices INC.