The discovery of Spectre and Meltdown security flaws has got chip manufacturers worried, with Intel recently asking users to not install the BIOS patch for the security flaw due to reboot issue and now Dell is urging its users to not download the latest Spectre Bios Patch.
According to Dell, the reason why it is asking its users to not download the Spectre BIOS patch is that the patch is causing the reboot issue in systems. The company has advised to roll back to the previous BIOS version to those who have already updated their BIOS.
Intel has communicated new guidance regarding ‘reboot issues and unpredictable system behavior’ with the microcode included in the BIOS updates released to address Spectre (Variant 2), CVE-2017-5715. Dell is advising that all customers should not deploy the BIOS update for the Spectre (Variant 2) vulnerability at this time. We have removed the impacted BIOS updates from our support pages and are working with Intel on a new BIOS update that will include new microcode from Intel.
Furthermore, Dell has encouraged its users to install the operating systems patches for these security issues as soon as possible. Also, the company has asked users to stay away from any material that comes from an untrusted source.
While Intel is aking users to not install the SPectre BIOS patch but has assured that it is working an updated solution for the security flaws that will not cause the systems to randomly reboot and the updated solution will roll out once the testing has been done.
“Over the weekend, we began rolling out an early version of the updated solution to industry partners for testing, and we will make a final release available once that testing has been completed.”
In related news, Linux inventor Linus Torvalds is calling the Intel Spectre Patches “Complete And Utter Garbage”.
Is Intel really planning on making this shit architectural? Has anybody talked to them and told them they are f*cking insane?
He further added that the security flaw stems from the architectural issue which makes the problem at least 2 decades old. “Certainly it’s a nasty hack, but hey — the world was on fire and in the end we didn’t have to just turn the datacentres off and go back to goat farming, so it’s not all bad.”
With so many devices being open to security flaws, Nvidia has confirmed that its GPUs are immune to Spectre and Meltdown flaws.