While Shenoy has not clarified what systems are experiencing higher reboot rates, it could only be Linux systems for which Intel started rolling out CPU microcode updates yesterday. These can be found at the Intel.com website.
In a confidential document shared with some of its customers, Intel said it has identified three issues in updates released over the past week.
"Microsoft has resumed updating the majority of AMD devices with the Windows operating system security update to help protect against the chipset vulnerabilities known as Spectre and Meltdown", the company said.
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The problems affect PC and datacenter systems running the company's Broadwell and Haswell processors. "We are also working directly with data center customers to discuss the issue", Shenoy added.
The news of Nvidia's GPUs being affected by Spectre is a good example of just how widespread a problem it and the Meltdown variant has caused, potentially signalling that the next wave of chip from the main players will need a complete change of architecture. If this requires a revised firmware update from Intel, we will distribute that update through the normal channels.
"This can end up being a potential issue in data centres and enterprise customers can take a pause in buying the servers", he said.
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Now that CES is winding down, attention is returning to the response to the major vulnerabilities caused by oversights in the way speculative execution is handled in most modern processors. In many cases, code will have to recompiled to be protected against these vulnerabilities.
The patching process is putting customers in a hard position: Should they update now, and take a potential performance hit?
NVIDIA is also making sure that their graphics processing unit (GPU) users are secure after the central processing unit (CPU) security issue, as they have announced that they will be releasing a series of updates to counter the said meltdown. But I'll say this: "Intel is in a better position to find processor vulnerabilities than any external researcher", Williams said.
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Williams expects security experts to double down on this field of research.