Microsoft halts some AMD chip Spectre patches after PCs freeze

10 January, 2018, 02:11 | Author: Tracy Craig
  • Microsoft halts some AMD chip Spectre patches after PCs freeze

Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) said on Tuesday the patches released to guard against Meltdown and Spectre security threats slowed down some personal computers and servers, with systems running on older Intel Corp (INTC.O) processors seeing a noticeable decrease in performance.

A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed the issue in a statement provided to The Verge.

Meanwhile, Microsoft said AMD customers who can't turn on their computers should run through a few troubleshooting scenarios, including booting into safe mode or even reinstalling Windows.

Intel said its processors would be affected based on the type of operations the CPU would carry out, saying that syscall-heavy processes would suffer the most.

As a result, Microsoft is temporarily halting Windows OS updates to devices with AMD processors affected by this apparent bug.

Microsoft halts some AMD chip Spectre patches after PCs freeze
Microsoft halts some AMD chip Spectre patches after PCs freeze

The comments in a blog post were the clearest signal from Microsoft that the microchip flaws for Intel and other chipmakers described last week could meaningfully degrade performance.

Silicon Republic also reported that Microsoft has halted AMD Meltdown and Spectre patches after reports of unbootable PCs. Unfortunately, it seems it's not easy to disable the automatic updates without gpedit tweaks, so it tries installing and rolling-back the update over and over.

AMD said there was a "near zero risk" its chips could be exploited by the second Spectre attack, which required OEMs to issue firmware updates containing CPU fixes - such as Intel's IBRS microcode fix or Google's Retpoline software fix. I can try full reinstall, but I doubt it will change anything. Could anybody provide more information? Last week, the company warned Windows users that due to an issue with some versions of Anti-Virus software, this security path was "only being made applicable to the machines where the Anti virus ISV has updated the ALLOW REGKEY".

Microsoft is now preventing AMD PCs from receiving updates, to stop machines from getting into an unbootable state.

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