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Spectre and Meltdown patch freezes AMD machines

by on10 January 2018


Another Spectre victory

Microsoft has stalled issuing Spectre and Meltdown patches to the owners of some AMD machines following the news that some systems were freezing and refusing to boot.

Vole is blaming AMD's failure to comply with "the documentation previously provided to Microsoft to develop the Windows operating system mitigations to protect against the chipset vulnerabilities known as Spectre and Meltdown".

In an update to the Microsoft Support article relating to the patches, the company said: "Microsoft has reports of customers with some AMD devices getting into an unbootable state after installing recent Windows operating system security updates. After investigating, Microsoft has determined that some AMD chipsets do not conform to the documentation previously provided to Microsoft to develop the Windows operating system mitigations to protect against the chipset vulnerabilities known as Spectre and Meltdown. To prevent AMD customers from getting into an unbootable state, Microsoft will temporarily pause sending the following Windows operating system updates to devices with impacted AMD processors at this time."

AMD initially told the world, plus dog that its machines were unaffected by the bugs and making much mock at Intel's chip design.  It later had to back pedal when it was discovered that one of the versions of Spectre could knock over its chips too.

 

Last modified on 10 January 2018
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