Intel's Meltdown/Spectre 'Fix' Causes Numerous CPU Headaches


Intel has released an update addressing the patches the company has issued to resolve recently-revealed, massive CPU security flaws, and the performance hits (and other quirks) users are experiencing in the wake of the updates. The "Meltdown" and "Spectre" errors opened the door to exploits that allow an attacker to swipe data from a PC running millions of CPUs made since the mid-nineties.

The scope of the flaw was monumental, though the affair was compounded by security updates that have impacted performance and system stability.

Not only are users who applied these updates now facing notable performance degradation of their CPUs, some customers are seeing constant reboots in the wake of Intel's solution to the problem, something Intel addressed in its blog post.

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