Intel has changed its stance on the first wave of fixes for the Spectre and Meltdown CPU exploits, recommending that users don’t automatically update through Windows Update. It’s down to widely reported issues of random reboots as of a result of the fix, so if you don’t want to suffer unexpected shutdowns then give the latest Windows security updates a wide berth.
The issue is currently being worked on by Intel’s tech team, and they have identified the root cause of the problem on Broadwell and Haswell processors. They know what the cause is, now they just have to fix it, pretty much. Once that’s done, and tested, Intel will then roll out out a further final release fix for Meltdown and Spectre.
You’ll have noticed Intel has specifically named Broadwell and Haswell, although just about every CPU family from Sandy Bridge all the way up to Coffee Lake-S is affected. For now, it seems as if Intel is currently only working on nailing down fixes for the older Haswell and Broadwell processors.
As a result of the reboot issue, Intel is recommending all OEMs, cloud service providers, system manufacturers, software vendors and end users should not install the latest Windows security fix as it may cause unexpected reboots and “unpredictable system behaviour.” If you’re not too fussed about that then go ahead, although no one wants a random reboot when you’re down to the final ten in PUBG.
“I apologize for any disruption this change in guidance may cause,” says Intel’s Navin Shenoy. “The security of our products is critical for Intel, our customers, and partners, and for me, personally. I assure you we are working around the clock to ensure we are addressing these issues.”
When an issue such as Meltdown and Spectre comes along that requires urgent attention, the quick fixes inevitably hit a few snags along the way. Intel isn’t alone in this regard, with older AMD CPUs suffering the dreaded Blue Screen of Death. As of Monday, there is a fix for AMD users, although it is a little more fiddly than a standard Windows Update.
Have you been experiencing any random reboots or unexpected behaviour from your Intel PC since installing the Windows Spectre and Meltdown security updates? Let us know!
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