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Intel Halts Some Chip Patches as the Fixes Cause Problems


A portion of Intel's Core M processor, in the Broadwell chip line.

Intel on Monday told smartphone and computer makers, as well as users, to stop updating their systems until Intel finishes investigating why its patches in response to the Spectre and Meltdown design flaws were causing devices to reboot unexpectedly.

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Intel pumped the brakes on updates to some of its processors Monday, telling phone and computer makers as well as users to stop updating systems until Intel finishes investigating why the patches were causing devices to reboot unexpectedly.

The company recommends that manufacturers and users "stop deployment of current versions, as they may introduce higher than expected reboots and other unpredictable system behavior," said Intel Executive Vice President Navin Shenoy in a blog post.

The updates were meant to fix the Spectre and Meltdown design flaws, but now Intel says they cause too many of their own problems to install for the time being.

Intel's decision to pause the updates comes amid criticism from technical experts of the industry's approach to patching Spectre and Meltdown. Earlier in January, Windows halted updates to computers with chips made by AMD when reports surfaced that some computers shut down and couldn't be rebooted after users installed the updates.

 

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