Intel recently published a press release to update the progress about the Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws. In the new press release, Intel admits that the PCs powered by high-end processors; Skylake and Kaby Lake will also experience random reboots. Intel has issued firmware updates for their processors released in five years and OS vendors including Microsoft have already patched the affected systems.
Intel has acknowledged the new issues that could be faced by any user with affected PCs. Recently, both Microsoft and Intel confirmed that the updates for PCs with Haswell and Broadwell processors could cause higher system reboots, with no workaround in sight. In yet another blog post, Intel VP Navin Shenoy revealed that the update for newer Intel-processors can cause similar reboot issues
The company says that the PCs powered by high-end processors like Sandy Bridge, Skylake, and Kaby Lake could experience similar reboot issues. Intel is, however, working on a new firmware update to address the random reboot issues.
“We have determined that similar behavior occurs on other products in some configurations, including Ivy Bridge-, Sandy Bridge-, Skylake-, and Kaby Lake-based platforms. We have reproduced these issues internally and are making progress toward identifying the root cause. In parallel, we will be providing beta microcode to vendors for validation by next week,” Intel said in a blog post.
Despite the reboot and performance issues, Intel recommends OS vendors and users to update their PCs as soon as possible to avoid any possible exploitation of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities.
“We further recommend that OEMs, Cloud service providers, system manufacturers and software vendors begin evaluation of Intel beta microcode update releases in anticipation of definitive root cause and subsequent production releases suitable for end users,” Intel VP Navin Shenoy said.