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  • Microsoft apparently reinstates Meltdown/Spectre patches for some AMD processors

    Posted on January 11th, 2018 at 11:22 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Of course, predictably, nobody’s saying which ones are now back on the patch list.

    Computerworld Woody on Windows.

    Thx @MrBrian

    UPDATE: Just got this from JA:

    Just read your referenced article. Thank you! It explains to me why update KB4056894 fails on my laptop running Windows 7. You mentioned that it isn’t clear whether the AMD embargo includes Intel PCs with AMD video cards. FYI … Apparently it does. I have a Dell laptop with an Intel Core i7 processor, and an AMD Radeon HD 7670M graphics card. Once again, thanks for your informative article.

    Anybody else out there with AMD video cards that are getting the treatment – or drivers that are failing after installing this month’s security patches?

    UPDATE: Although it doesn’t explain which machines were yanked in the initial round, AMD CTO Mark Papermaster has posted some updated information:

    Microsoft is distributing patches for the majority of AMD systems now. We are working closely with them to correct an issue that paused the distribution of patches for some older AMD processors (AMD Opteron, Athlon and AMD Turion X2 Ultra families) earlier this week. We expect this issue to be corrected shortly and Microsoft should resume updates for these older processors by next week.

  • Microsoft yanks all of this month’s Windows patches for “devices with impacted AMD processors”

    Posted on January 9th, 2018 at 05:49 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Let’s hear it for beta testing.

    Early this morning, Microsoft officially announced that it was pulling all of this month’s Meltdown/Spectre patches for folks with AMD processors.

    That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

    Computerworld Woody on Windows.

    UPDATE: Kevin Beaumont has a sobering report on the status of antivirus vendors cooperating (or not) with Microsoft:

    this has been incredibly messy for everybody involved. My belief is organisations shouldn’t rush these patches out. They need to carefully test and see where they need to mitigate the vulnerability.

    As I’ve said many, many times before, there’s no reason to install any of the patches yet. In spite of what you saw on TV, or read in the newspaper — or what you heard from a Windows security “expert.”