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Microsoft halts some AMD chip Spectre patches after PCs freeze

Microsoft halts some AMD chip Spectre patches after PCs freeze Microsoft halts some AMD chip Spectre patches after PCs freeze
Glenn Montgomery | 10 January, 2018, 02:12

A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed the issue in a statement provided to The Verge.

"Microsoft has reports of customers with some AMD devices getting into an unbootable state after installing recent Windows operating system security updates", the company said.

Intel said its processors would be affected based on the type of operations the CPU would carry out, saying that syscall-heavy processes would suffer the most. According to the rep, the issue stems from AMD's documentation for the processors - which Microsoft used to ensure support for the patch - not lining with the physical reality of the affected chipsets.

Meltdown and Spectre fiasco is affecting nearly all Windows PCs and Phones and with processors manufactured by Intel, AMD, and ARM.

"Microsoft has access to our processor architecture documentation, which is essentially what is needed, and we have been engaged regularly in engineering meetings to assist since this was disclosed", the AMD spokesman said.

Microsoft customers also logged in several complaints on Microsoft forum page.

After the patch was installed on PCs running on AMD Athlon X2 processors, there were reports these machines would not boot and would then get stuck in an endless loop while they tried to roll back to an earlier build of Windows.

Microsoft said it is working with AMD to resolve the issues as soon as possible.

Meltdown and Spectre patches for Windows 10, 8.1 and 7 were shipped as a cumulative update with some other improvements. The sfc /scannow shows no problem, in-place upgrade also doesn't seem to help. Especially if my CPU is not vulnerable to the Meltdown attack and the MS mitigation attempts for Spectre is more than questionable. I have Czech localization. Last week, the company warned Windows users that due to an issue with some versions of Anti-Virus software, this security path was "only being made applicable to the machines where the Anti virus ISV has updated the ALLOW REGKEY". If your machine is now in an unbootable state, Microsoft recommends visiting its support site for more information.

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