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Microsoft Disables Intel's "Buggy" Spectre Patch

     
4:15 pm on Jan 30, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Microsoft has disabled Intel's Spectre patch which has resulted in some unwanted system issues, such as rebooting and inconsistent behaviour.
Application of this payload specifically disables only the mitigation against CVE-2017-5715 – “Branch target injection vulnerability.”

Update to disable mitigation against Spectre, Variant 2 [support.microsoft.com]

Intel Says, Stop Deploying Current Spectre Patch [webmasterworld.com]

Linus Torvalds Criticises Intel's "Patches" for Meltdown and Spectre [webmasterworld.com]

Phishing and Fake Sites Appear With Fake Patches for Meltdown and Spectre [webmasterworld.com]

CPU Vulnerabilities Named Meltdown and Spectre [webmasterworld.com]
6:37 pm on Jan 30, 2018 (gmt 0)

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^^ You know it's buggy when it takes all these links to discuss it being buggy.
7:31 pm on Jan 30, 2018 (gmt 0)

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True, or it just might be a slow news day.

Fortunately none of my machines are affected, but I do have a client who is sweating bullets right now.