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AMD starts delivering their own Meltdown and Spectre patches

12 Enero 2018
AMD starts delivering their own Meltdown and Spectre patches

Due to the deep nature of the flaws, tech giants' updates haven't always gone as planned.

"This is exactly the type of report of suspicious trading that the SEC routinely investigates, as well as the DOJ, " said Brandon Garrett, a professor at the University of Virginia School of Law. "End-users should continue to apply updates recommended by their system and operating system providers", Shenoy said.

Even among the many agencies investigating and responding, disagreements and unanswered questions remain about the extent of the hackers access at the U.S. financial institutions, the newspaper said, quoting federal officials. Some Ubuntu Linux users reported problems Wednesday with an update to their operating system.

The good news for gamers is that the DX11 benchmarks show no real difference post-patch, with results either unchanged, or slight drops of a percentage point or two which doubtless won't be noticeable.

Intel is telling some big customers to "delay" installing the patches, the Wall Street Journal reported. 'We have defined additional steps through a combination of processor microcode updates and OS patches that we will make available to AMD customers and partners to further mitigate the threat.

But the reboot bug indicates that the flaw in the chips may be so fundamental that Intel may have a tougher time fixing it than it expected. Out of caution, the company is making microcode updates available to expand its threat containment.

This is by far the most-complicated and least-clarified part of the update.

Microsoft has also confirmed that it has begun issuing Meltdown- and Spectre-related security patches to 'the majority' of users on older pre-Zen AMD processors, following the late discovery of an issue causing systems to fail to boot.

AMD on January 3 also said that its chips were vulnerable to one variant of the Spectre bug, but there was "near zero risk" from the second Spectre variant and vulnerability to the second variant "has not been demonstrated on AMD processors to date". It's also a bit risky, because if something unexpected happens (like a power outage), you can render your computer's motherboard useless. Just before Krzanich took the stage to address the members of the press, we witnessed quite a spectacle where musicians played on 'invisible' instruments, using special smart gloves and Intel's camera to capture the precise movement of the musician's hand gestures and finger movements to generate the desired musical notes.