Intel’s patch release creates more problems for customers

wintel_blimp_featureSome punters who rushed to install an Intel patch to address massive CPU security flaws are probably regretting it as there are reports of it causing reboot problems for some of its customers.

The patch causes systems to reboot more often than normal, particularly if you are running older Broadwell and Haswell CPUs.

According to the  Wall Street Journal, the firm is advising some of its customers to hold off installing patches for the processor security flaw, which was revealed at the beginning of the month.

General manager of Intel’s data centre group Navin Shenoy said in a statement: “We are working quickly with these customers to understand, diagnose and address this reboot issue. If this requires a revised firmware update from Intel, we will distribute that update through the normal channels. We are also working directly with datacentre customers to discuss the issue. End users should continue to apply updates recommended by their system and operating system providers.”

For those who came in late, Intel’s processors contain security flaws, later named Meltdown and Spectre.

Even if you don’t experience crashes, the security fixes are likely to cause significant slowdowns and a decrease in system performance, according to Microsoft.