Microsoft Rolling Out Emergency Patches To Compensate For CPU Flaws


As a temporary fix for affected AMD systems, some users report that they have been able to install a show or hide updates troubleshooter patch from Microsoft that they have used to block KB4056892 from installing.

Some Windows users running devices with CPUs built by AMD, however, report that Microsoft's fix has been freezing their systems.

Microsoft says your antivirus software could stop you from receiving the emergency patches issued for Windows.

For right now, it appears the only workaround is to reinstall Windows and immediately delay updates - something that certainly isn't the most convenient solution. The update was delivered though Windows Update.

Microsoft also cautions that besides Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows 2012 do not have antivirus installed by default.

Microsoft also revealed a series of UEFI updates for its Surface products, which are basically coming from Intel since the Surface devices use Intel processors.

In addition, some anti-virus vendors will also need to update their software so that it functions correctly with the new patches (this is because the changes relate to Kernel-level access).

"Intel believes its products are the most secure in the world and that, with the support of its partners, the current solutions to this issue provide the best possible security for its customers". However, it noted that specific impact will vary by the age of the hardware and implementation by the chip vendor.

"The updates will be available for the above devices running Windows 10 Creators Update (OS version 15063) and Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (OS version 16299)".

For now, there aren't any confirmed attacks on Microsoft customers exploiting the vulnerabilities. One of the security researchers said the bugs are "going to haunt us for years". Even if that is successful, however, the operating system quickly attempts to reinstall the PC-freezing patch, they say.

A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed to The Verge that the updates are currently rolling out now, and they can be downloaded by either checking with the device's internal update system or by visiting the Microsoft Download Center.

A serious security memory problem in all Intel chips has led to Linux's developers resetting how to deal with memory.



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