Intel's Spectre BIOS fix causes crashes on Broadwell and Haswell systems

Vendor confirms that BIOS patches for the Spectre vulnerability are causing crashes on some of its systems

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Intel's Spectre BIOS fix causes crashes on Broadwell and Haswell systems Intel says customers have reported crashes after applying BIOS updates on Broadwell systems.
By  Manda Banda Published  January 15, 2018

Processor maker Intel, has said it wants customers to know that it's sticking to its recent commitment to put security first after it confirmed that it's investigating an issue with the CPU microcode updates it issued to its hardware partners.

The company said updates are being distributed to users' systems as BIOS updates, which are just beginning to roll out.

Intel said that customers have reported "higher system reboots" (crashes) after applying BIOS updates. So far, the issue only affects Broadwell (Core i3/5/7 5000 series on for mobile) and Haswell (Core i3/5/7 4000 series for desktop and mobile).

Intel didn't specifically say if Broadwell-E (Core i7 6000 series on desktop) are also affected. The issues have been reported in both data centres and regular user systems.

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