Intel Spectre patch has bug problems

Intel has begun "quietly advising some customers to hold off installing patches" related to the recent Spectre vulnerability, according to emails seen by the Wall Street Journal, and confirmed by a blog post from Intel. The company is reportedly telling cloud-center customers and computer manufacturers to hold off on applying some recent updates, due to a bug in the patch that appears to be causing reboot problems for some systems.

"We have received reports from a few customers of higher system reboots after applying firmware updates," Intel EVP Navin Shenoy said in a statement. "Specifically, these systems are running Intel Broadwell and Haswell CPUs for both client and data center. We are working quickly with these customers to understand, diagnose and address this reboot issue."

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