Microsoft Investigating Problematic Meltdown Patch on AMD PCs


But, of course, it's up to hardware manufacturers to release firmware updates through their own channels, so Microsoft has detailed the updates it's releasing for Surface devices. Google said it informed the affected companies about the "Spectre" flaw on June 1, 2017 and reported the "Meltdown" flaw after the first flaw but before July 28, 2017.

Microsoft has said that the update will be sent to devices running Windows 7 and Windows 8 on January 9.

When word got out on an exploit in AMD and Intel Processors, Microsoft and other tech giants were quick to respond and patch their systems or devices.

The flaw, which appears to affect all Intel chips made over the past 10 years or so, opens up the potential for bad actors to exploit the kernels at the heart of Linux- and Windows-based operating systems.

"Microsoft has been working closely with antivirus software partners to ensure all customers receive the January Windows security updates as soon as possible".

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A security researcher is now keeping a Google Docs spreadsheet with the status of Meltdown and Spectre patches on various anti-virus engines.

Gmail users do not need to take any additional action to protect themselves, but users of its Chromebooks, Chrome web browser and many of its Google Cloud services will need to install updates.

On the support page, Microsoft explains that the update includes quality improvements.

The update's appearance still depends on the antivirus program that the user employs to protect the computer.

The issues are appearing on older AMD Athlon systems that received the update for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

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Microsoft also confirmed that its testing showed the mitigations did produce "some performance impact", adding it would not be noticeable to most users.

Dan Guido, chief executive of cyber security consulting firm Trail of Bits, said that businesses should quickly move to update vulnerable systems, saying he expects hackers to quickly develop code they can use to launch attacks that exploit the vulnerabilities.

"Intel is committed to the industry best practice of responsible disclosure of potential security issues, which is why Intel and other vendors had planned to disclose this issue next week when more software and firmware updates will be available".

After yesterday's problem that has shaken the whole world regarding Intel CPUs design flaw, there has been an answer for Microsoft and their Windows 10.

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