The Meltdown and Specter flaws were particularly hazardous because they theoretically can affect pretty much everyone and the end result is a massive cleanup effort to make sure everything gets patched.
Intel now faces several class-action lawsuits regarding Meltdown and Spectre, which affect almost every desktop and mobile computing device on the planet. For the full list of devices, see Intel's microcode revision guidance.
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Microsoft's latest security update has blocked Intel's patches for the Spectre and Meltdown chip vulnerabilities, on the basis that Intel itself has acknowledged flaws in the software updates.
The emergency Windows update disabled Intel's mitigation for CVE-2017-5715 Variant Spectre 2 attack that has been described as a "branch target injection vulnerability". Created to prevent problems related to Intel's flawed patches for the Spectre vulnerability, the Microsoft fixes must be downloaded manually from the company's Windows Update catalog. The company warned users last week that its Spectre fixes have been causing problems such as random reboots, they also warned users that the fixes may also cause "Data loss or corruption".
The company's update that removes the problematic patch is available for Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1 and all of the client and server versions of Windows 10.
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However, Intel has assured that it is working on an updated solution for the security flaws that will not cause the systems to randomly reboot and the updated solution will roll out once the testing has been done.
Unfortunately, Intel discovered earlier this month that the microcode updates are causing machines to reboot. "There are no known reports to indicate that this Spectre variant 2 (CVE 2017-5715) has been used to attack customers, a Microsoft said".
If not all, then most of the existing hardware chips of the modern computers are fundamentally flawed thanks to both Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities.
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Because they had early warning, Microsoft, Google and Amazon were able to roll out protections for their cloud-computing customers before details of Meltdown and Spectre became public. Intel's still not published a timeframe for when its functioning microcode update will be issued to hardware vendors.