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Intel warns everyone not to download its Spectre and Meltdown patch

Intel has requested users stop installing its own Spectre/Malware patch after confirming the fix was causing people’s computers to shut down.

The firm says the patches, which began rolling out recently, were also resulting in unpredictable system behaviour.

In a blog post on Monday, the company advised PC and Mac users skip the update, promising a better version is coming soon.

The firm’s executive Vice President Neil Shenov wrote: “We recommend that OEMs, cloud service providers, system manufacturers, software vendors and end users stop deployment of current versions, as they may introduce higher than expected reboots and other unpredictable system behaviour.”

Related: Meltdown and Spectre explained

The company says it has identified the problems behind the bug, which potentially leaves the Broadwell, Haswell, Coffee Lake, Kaby Lake, Skylake, and Ivy Bridge chip generations open to intrusion.

The firm now working on a patch that plugs the security hole, without causing users’ PCs to randomly shut down.

Intel’s bad patch

Spectre and Meltdown expose an intrinsic flaw in the chip design that can enable a machine’s kernel memory data to be compromised. That means unencrypted material like login credentials and credit card information can be stolen.

You can see the exploit demonstrated in the Twitter video below:

The remarkable admission follows general displeasure over a performance slowdown as a result of the patches for the dangerous chip vulnerability.

It also comes after Microsoft was forced to withdraw AMD’s patch for the Spectre bug after causing users similar problems.

Data recovery specialists Gideon Research has developed an app that can help users discover whether their computer’s are vulnerable to the security flaws.

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