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Intel asks users to delay updates, says patches can cause reboot snag: WSJ

Intel has identified three issues in updates released over the past week for 'microcode'

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Intel Corp is asking some of it customers to hold off installing patches that address new security flaws that affect nearly all of its processors as the patches have bugs of their own, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. Corp on Thursday said that recently-issued patches for flaws in its chips could cause computers using its older Broadwell and Haswell processors to reboot more often than normal and that may need to issue updates to fix the buggy patches.

has identified three issues in updates released over the past week for "microcode," or firmware, the newspaper reported, citing a confidential document the company had shared with some customers that it had reviewed.

In a statement on Intel's website, Navin Shenoy, general manager of the company's data centre group, said had received reports about the issue and was working directly with data centre customers to "discuss" the issue.

"We are working quickly with these customers to understand, diagnose and address this reboot issue," Shenoy said in the statement. "If this requires a revised firmware update from Intel, we will distribute that update through the normal channels."

Earlier on Thursday, The Wall Street Journal reported that was asking some of it cloud computing customers to hold off installing patches that address new security flaws that affect nearly all of its processors because the patches have bugs of their own.

has identified three issues in updates released over the past week for "microcode," or firmware, the newspaper reported, citing a confidential document the company had shared with some customers that it had reviewed.

The world's largest chipmaker confirmed last week that the security issues reported by researchers in the company's widely used microprocessors could allow hackers to steal sensitive information from computers, phones and other electronic devices.

First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 10:14 IST
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