AMD is deploying a patch for the second Spectre CPU vulnerability


If this requires a revised firmware update from Intel, we will distribute that update through the normal channels. Google has detailed its process for patching its own cloud services like Gmail and Google Drive against Spectre and Meltdown, and it says that it managed to protect against those vulnerabilities without any hit to performance.

The news of Nvidia's GPUs being affected by Spectre is a good example of just how widespread a problem it and the Meltdown variant has caused, potentially signalling that the next wave of chip from the main players will need a complete change of architecture.

In a statement, the company suggested: "We have received reports from a few customers of higher system reboots after applying firmware updates".

The company now says that while it thinks that GPZ Variant 2 is hard to exploit on its chips, it'll still work with its partners to release microcode updates and OS patches to mitigate the vulnerability. Microsoft's fixes initially didn't work with some third-party software, and the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday Intel asked some of its cloud customers to hold off on installing patches.

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Let's hope similar actions across the tech community can mitigate any further inevitably unearthed timebombs before they affect the end user. Patches should be available for most of its chips made in the past five years, CEO Brian Krzanich said at the CES trade show in Las Vegas this week. The company believes this issue can be solved with operating system patches. However, nearly immediately, customers began experiencing issues with their systems rebooting unexpectedly.

The scope of the flaw was monumental, though the affair was compounded by security updates that have impacted performance and system stability. "They are not affected by these security issues", he shared.

Meltdown and Spectre have been discovered in computer chips in billions of computers, smartphone and tablets across the world.

While researchers who identified Spectre and Meltdown had warned that software patches could cause device performance hits of up to 30 percent, companies rolling out fixes are finding the impacts can vary widely.