Microsoft cancels AMD Meltdown and Spectre patches after they start bricking PCs

By Ernie Smith  Jan 9 2018

An Athlon 64 purchased in 2007.

In a statement given to The Verge, a Microsoft spokesperson explained the situation: "Microsoft has reports of customers with some AMD devices getting into an unbootable state after installing recent Windows operating system security updates".

Which on one hand is great because if you've got an AMD chip and a non-compliant anti-virus package, although it may seem like you're being thrown to the dogs, you're actually avoiding having your machine borked more seriously. The update contains countermeasures against both the Meltdown and Spectre attacks; although AMD systems are not affected by Meltdown, they're vulnerable to Spectre.

The problem is also now documented as a known issue with the update. The chipmaker didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Though the discovery of the CPU vulnerabilities known as Spectre and Meltdown have the worst implications for Intel users, AMD users aren't exactly out of the woods. But to date there appear to have been no reports suggesting that KB4056892 was leaving systems with those chips unbootable.

The good news is that for Windows 10 PCs with modern Intel processors, the Windows security patches plus the additional firmware updates necessary for addressing a specific variant of the Spectre vulnerability won't have a big impact on performance.

Microsoft says newer Intel processors from the Skylake and later families have made things a little better so the performance hit from the mitigations isn't as severe. However, he emphasized that businesses running transactional processing systems or time-sensitive applications need to conduct testing before they apply any OS security updates.

That's a nightmare scenario, because the flaws - named Meltdown and Spectre (because vulnerabilities have cool names nowadays) - are due to how the chips are designed, and you can't fix it with an update.

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Microsoft, for its part, has released 41 of 45 OS updates through its Windows Update service to address the Meltdown and Spectre threats.

Myerson's most cautionary remarks, though, were reserved for the slowdown effects expected for Windows Server products.

Allen Falcon, CEO of Cumulus Global, a Westborough, Mass. -based cloud solution provider, hasn't come across any AMD-related performance issues among his company's customers.

The patch against Meltdown and Spectre reportedly bricked machines.

Intel's shares sank in the two days after the chip vulnerabilities were disclosed last week, while AMD shares are up more than 15% since January 2, the day before news of the security flaws was widely disclosed. This is an architectural issue and it can't simply be fixed with a patch. But Google publicly confirmed the flaws on Wednesday after outside researchers began independently unearthing the flaws.

Microsoft has released a patch that will be delivered in your normal update cycle for your laptop.

Following claims the patch trapped some AMD PCs in an endless loop, Microsoft today announced the Windows update would not be rolled out to affected machines.

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