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AMD systems bricked after Meltdown/Spectre security updates

Orlondo Matamoros | Enero 12, 2018, 17:51

The giant chipmaker is giving that advice because the recently issued software update can cause its latest processors to reboot when they're not supposed to, something the company acknowledged in a statement on Thursday. "If this requires a revised firmware update from Intel, we will distribute that update through the normal channels".

In summary it echoes Intel in that "security is our top priority and we are continually working to ensure the safety of our users as new risks arise". The flaws, dubbed Meltdown and Spectre, flow from designs that allowed computers to operate more quickly and efficiently.

AMD shares dropped as much as 4 percent to $11.65 (Rs. 741) in after-hours trading after the company's announcement Thursday.

Microsoft has temporarily stopped fixing a serious security flaw on personal computers powered by certain chips from Advanced Micro Devices because the repair is crippling the affected machines.

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Google Project Zero (GPZ) Variant 1 (Bounds Check Bypass or Spectre) is applicable to AMD processors.

The architecture flaws first came to light for vendors in mid-2017.

The full video will be viewed via The Old Path YouTube channel. This was obviously done in a controlled environment, with a transparent barrier between us and the copter, but was still pretty cool to watch. After applying the patch, users reported that their systems failed to boot or that they received a blue screen.

"By 15 January, we will have issued updates for at least 90 percent of Intel CPUs introduced in the past five years, with updates for the remainder of these CPUs available by the end of January".

Senators Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat, and John Kennedy, a Louisiana Republican, have requested that the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Justice Department investigate the stock sale.

A Yahoo logo is pictured in front of a building in Rolle, 30 km (19 miles) east of Geneva, in this file picture taken December 12, 2012.

If new code is needed, Intel will need to get it right: the company already faces numerous class action lawsuits. The companies have also smaller adjustments that together make sweeping collection more difficult.

The Meltdown and Spectre processor security flaws, which many are calling the worst processor bug ever, should be of concern for all computer users.

Yahoo officials could not be reached immediately for comment. "AMD and Microsoft have been working on an update to resolve the issue and expect it to begin rolling out again for those impacted shortly".