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Problems Exist in More Recent Intel Processors, Too

According to statements from Intel this week, computers using newer versions of Intel processors could still be affected by the Meltdown and Spectre security issues. Not that they are still vulnerable to the security holes, but that the patches are causing more frequent and unintended reboots.

…while the firmware updates are effective at mitigating exposure to the security issues, customers have reported more frequent reboots on firmware updated systems.

As part of this, we have determined that similar behavior occurs on other products in some configurations, including Ivy Bridge-, Sandy Bridge-, Skylake-, and Kaby Lake-based platforms. We have reproduced these issues internally and are making progress toward identifying the root cause. In parallel, we will be providing beta microcode to vendors for validation by next week.

Intel’s full update is here: Firmware Updates and Initial Performance Data for Data Center Systems


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