This report is of particular importance to admins of data centers and cloud computing customers.
For the IT Admins rushing to update their device drivers for Intel chips, Intel has let it be known that its recently issued patches can potentially cause computers with older Haswell and Broadwell processors to reboot more often than normal. The chipmaker said it will be issuing another update to fix this bug in its latest patches.
A statement on Intel’s website by Navin Shenoy, Intel’s general manager of its data center group said, it has received reports on the issue and was working directly with data center customers to “discuss” the issue.
“We are working quickly with these customers to understand, diagnose and address this reboot issue,” said Shenoy in a statement. “If this requires a revised firmware update from Intel, we will distribute that update through the normal channels.”
On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal had reported that Intel was asking cloud computing customers to hold off installing its patches that fixes the new security vulnerabilities that affect all of its processors since the patches have bugs of their own.
Intel has identified three vulnerabilities over the past week which need a firmware upgrade, said a WSJ report citing a confidential document that Intel shared with some of its customers.
Intel has confirmed the findings of security researchers that the vulnerabilities discovered by them can allow hackers to streal sensitive information from the vast majority of electronic devices, including laptops, desktops, smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices.
Ever since the news of the vulnerabilities in its chips emerged, Intel’s shares were down by half a percent to $43.20 in after-hours trading. Since January 3, its shares have lost 4.5% in value.