It was no good time to be Intel. Last week, the company unveiled two chip vulnerabilities that became known as Specter and Meltdown and since then rocked the entire chip industry (not just Intel). This week, the company released a few patches to fix the problem. Today, the news has been spread that some companies had a reboot problem after installation . A bad week got worse.
The company admitted this in a blog post by Navin Shenoy, executive vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group at Intel.
"We have received reports from some customers of higher system reboots after applying firmware updates, which use Intel Broadwell and Haswell CPUs for both the client and the data center," Shenoy wrote.
He added, "If this requires a redesigned firmware update from Intel, we will distribute this update over the normal channels."
Just when you could not think that this situation was out of the control of Intel Wall Street Journal reports that it has received a confidential memo from the company and shared with major companies and cloud providers not to install the patches. It is important to note that Intel recommends that consumers install all patches, and they point out that this is not a security issue.
It's just a bad software problem and although they should be sure that this was a solid thing This leads to a pressure that leads to mistakes – and that's exactly what happened here.
Specter and meltdown issues were discovered last year by the Google Security Team Project Zero . They found that because of a flaw in modern chip architecture designed for speed versus security, the chip kernel could be exposed. Private information such as passwords and encryption keys are stored here and should be protected. Instead, they may be left unprotected
Meltdown only affects Intel chips, while Specter affects almost all modern chips, including AMD, ARM, IBM power chips and Nvidia. Raspberry Pi seems to be the only computer .
So far, there has been no documented case in which anyone made use of this exploit, which Google pointed out in a blog Mail yesterday has existed in chips for 20 years, but security experts have suggested that it would be difficult Assigning a problem to this particular exploit, even if they had known about it.
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