Microsoft pauses AMD Processor Updates on Errors

Published on: 12 Jan, 2018

Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) paused patches to prevent Meltdown and Spectre security threats for computer running on Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) processor chips after receiving many complaints about display errors or freezes.

In Microsoft’s blog post, the company says that after investigation, it “determined that some AMD chipsets do not conform to the documentation previously provided to Microsoft to develop the Windows operating system mitigations to protect against the chipset vulnerabilities known as Spectre and Meltdown.”

Microsoft said that it would be working with AMD to resolve the issues and resume system updates to affected AMD chipsets through its Windows Updates.

Gizmodo reached out to AMD for comments on the issues. AMD replied with: “AMD is aware of an issue with some older generation processors following installation of a Microsoft security update that was published over the weekend. AMD and Microsoft have been working on an update to resolve the issue and expect it to begin rolling out again for these impacted shortly.”

Meltdown and Spectre are memory corruption errors that allow hackers to bypass operating systems and security software to steal private information through encryption keys on mobile devices or cloud services.

Other companies such as Google, Apple, and Amazon have pushed out patches in the last week to prevent users by having their information stolen, but even then, the companies could not guarantee complete safety for users.

Apple released a statement saying that Spectre’s techniques are difficult to exploit, but it can potentially be exploited in Javascript running on a web browser.

Although updates and patches are continuing, companies are warning consumers to be cautious of malicious content such as updates or pop-ups that seem suspicious. Microsoft warns corporate businesses to be careful as it may affect their network databases.


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