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Users of millions of devices fitted with Intel chips are faced with a dilemma, whether to plug a security hole and face reboot issues or to leave themselves vulnerable.
Updates designed to fix the recently discovered Meltdown and Spectre bugs may lead to system restarts in certain older models of CPU, an executive at the firm confirmed.
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That means the microprocessor manufacturer may be forced to issue a patch for its patch, to correct the problem.
The security fixes could cause computers using its older Haswell and Broadwell processors, created in 2013 and 2014, to reboot more often than normal.
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Intel says it has received reports about the issue and was working directly with customers to 'discuss' the issue.
Intel may need to issue updates to fix the buggy patches.
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The Santa Clara firm has asked its cloud computing customers to hold off installing the updates, according to reports in The Wall Street Journal.
In a statement on Intel's website, Navin Shenoy, general manager of the company's data center group, said: 'We have received reports from a few customers of higher system reboots after applying firmware updates.
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'Specifically, these systems are running Intel Broadwell and Haswell CPUs for both client and data center.
'We are working quickly with these customers to understand, diagnose and address this reboot issue.
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''End-users should continue to apply updates recommended by...
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