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Intel warns that its Meltdown and Spectre patches might introduce reliability issues on PCs and servers

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Intel has warned that its fixes for the Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities rushed out this week may inadvertently have made customers' PCs and servers less stable.

The Intel exec said users shouldn't feel discouraged by these snags and continue to install updates from OS makers and OEMs. "Needless to say, enterprise users and hobbyists alike are immensely frustrated by having to choose between system security and system stability and performance, and that Intel isn't being fully forthright with some customers".

Sixth generation Skylake CPUs take the biggest hit from Intel and Microsoft's mitigations, especially in system responsiveness tests which are running at a 21% performance deficit from an unpatched system. The company believes this issue can be solved with operating system patches. These can be found at the Intel.com website. But there is talk online that there may be other bugs in some patches.

Despite the rollout issues, the tech industry is still urging customers to patch their systems.

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Recent reports have revealed that in the wake of the panic caused by the reveal of chipset flaws called Meltdown and Spectre, Nvidia has released a software patch for their CPUs.

But Nvidia still has to plug the security hole even if it could affect the performance of its GPUs, as is the case with other fixes for Spectre and Meltdown, though Nvidia hasn't detailed any ramifications the patches may carry.

However, if you're running machines with compute-intensive tasks, say mining bitcoins or rendering high-resolution video, you might want to avoid the microcode updates entirely until you know they're stable and won't significantly slow down your systems. Alongside the variant one OS patches, AMD are offering an optional microcode update for all Ryzen and EPYC processors to reduce the threat of variant two attacks - available nearly immediately.

On the same day, rival chipmaker AMD said it will also release a fix for the Spectre vulnerability.

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