Microsoft withdraws Spectre and Meltdown patch that's borking AMD machines

Patches for Meltdown Spectre flaws in 90% Intel chips within a week says CEO Brian Krzanich

Patches for Meltdown Spectre flaws in 90% Intel chips within a week says CEO Brian Krzanich

Microsoft is pausing Spectre- and Meltdown-related security patches for AMD machines after reports of computers not booting up, as first written up by The Verge. Microsoft and other vendors recommend that those patches be swiftly applied; Windows Update's January rollup patch applies those patches to Windows systems.

But on Tuesday AMD said it was aware of an issue with some older-generation processors following the installation of a Microsoft security update that was published over the weekend.

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Bad news if you own a Windows PC that has an AMD CPU at its heart and haven't yet received a Microsoft security patch for Spectre and Meltdown - you may have to wait a bit longer. Even though that was a very public statement, Microsoft in its rush to patch the security issues shot some of AMD's customers in the head by bricking their PC's.

Last week the stock rose almost 20 percent as investors speculated AMD could wrest market share from Intel, whose chips are exposed to risks from possible Meltdown and Spectre attacks.

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Upon investigation, Microsoft said some AMD chipsets did not conform to technical documentation the chipmaker had provided, preventing Microsoft from successfully patching affected machines. There's no way to fix the flaw in the processor itself, and the update can be problematic for certain antivirus software and stop computers from starting up.

According to the Register "Microsoft's fix for the Meltdown and Spectre bugs may be "crocking" AMD-powered PCs".

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And Microsoft and AMD are working on the issue, but the fact that an unknown number of PC owners with AMD CPUs are going to have to wait to have their devices protected from the unsafe bug is incredibly disappointing.

With Windows 8 and Windows 7 on older silicon (2015-era PCs with Haswell or older CPU), we expect most users to notice a decrease in system performance. "It's being fixed. The patches are being updated so that service can be turned back on and rolled back out", the spokesman told CRN. Intel has gone to great lengths to stress that Spectre and Meltdown are not "unique to any one architecture or processor implementation". We do recommend the AMD owners to not install any updates until the issue is resolved.

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Many companies should expect their AWS cloud computing bill to go up because it now takes more time to process the same amount of data. Microsoft warns that most benchmarks we've seen reported "do not include both OS and silicon updates". Most companies with adequate, multi-tier security have less to worry about with this exploit.

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