Microsoft kills off Spectre patch

By: SRTDodge05
January 30th, 2018
2:19 pm

Your computer is safe from the Intel patch, it is just insecure again

Microsoft has released an emergency Windows update to disable Intel's troublesome microcode fix for the Spectre Variant 2 attack.

Not only was Intel's fix for the Spectre attack causing reboots and stability issues, but Microsoft found it resulted in the worse scenario of data loss or corruption in some circumstances.

To justify the out-of-band update, Microsoft highlights a comment in Intel's fourth quarter forward looking statements that mentions for the first time that mitigation techniques potentially lead to data loss or corruption.

Until then, Intel had only mentioned its update was causing unexpected reboots and unpredictable system behavior.

"Our own experience is that system instability can in some circumstances cause data loss or corruption", Microsoft said.

"We understand that Intel is continuing to investigate the potential impact of the current microcode version and encourage customers to review their guidance on an ongoing basis to inform their decisions", it added.

To prevent the potential for data loss, Microsoft issued an out-of-band update on the weekend that disables Intel's mitigation for CVE-2017-5715, or the Variant 2 Spectre attack described as a "branch target injection vulnerability".

Microsoft kills off Spectre patch

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6 comments on "Microsoft kills off Spectre patch"

  • fvbounty
    January 30, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    Thanks for the heads up!

  • Sandog
    January 31, 2018 at 3:40 am

    Yeah, thanks for keeping us posted Dodge. I am just riding on. I will keep updating my BIOS and letting Windows auto update. I am not feeling any headaches from it.

  • fvbounty
    January 31, 2018 at 5:51 am

    I wouldn't update your bios right away Sandog on some systems it will get you into a endless reboot deal...let someone else do it and then jump on it...

  • Sir Skully
    January 31, 2018 at 9:53 am

    Thanks for the info...

  • Sandog
    January 31, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    Originally Posted by fvbounty
    I wouldn't update your bios right away Sandog on some systems it will get you into a endless reboot deal...let someone else do it and then jump on it...
    I already updated it a week and a half ago when I posted there was a new BIOS.

  • fvbounty
    January 31, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    Originally Posted by Sandog
    I already updated it a week and a half ago when I posted there was a new BIOS.
    That bios was supposed to get rid of the Spector error but when you ran that test it said it was still there?



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