Shuttle: Information on "Meltdown" and "Spectre"


"We have some ideas on possible mitigations and provided some of those ideas to the processor vendors; however, we believe that the processor vendors are in a much better position than we are to design and evaluate mitigations, and we expect them to be the source of authoritative guidance", Google's Project Zero team wrote.

The Meltdown and Spectre flaws are recently discovered vulnerabilities that affect a host of major CPUs.

"We have received reports from a few customers of higher system reboots after applying firmware updates", Shenoy said in a January 11 blog post. Shenoy said that the company has issued patches for 90 percent of its chips made in the previous five years but it needs to do more in that space.

Data center computers with Intel Corp's (INTC.O) newer chips might reboot more often than normal because of problems with the patches issued to fix the so-called Spectre and Meltdown security flaws, the company said on Wednesday.

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But Oracle and many other vendors have yet to publish a full list of affected products or a timeline for when users can expect to see patches.

The blog post also goes over Intel's findings regarding the impact of these patches on performance, specifically on servers running its latest two-socket Intel Xeon Scalable microarchitecture.

Apple, however, is in the firing line, even though the issues affect virtually all devices, including those of rivals, as the vulnerabilities pertain to all relatively modern ARM, Intel and AMD processors. However, it detected minimal impact of around 2 to 4 percent in some cases and saw significant slowdowns when it ran tests simulating different types of input/output (I/O) loads.

The patches have been causing systems to reboot after patching - not just at a machine level, but also entire servers.

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Intel says that it's trying to also identify workarounds for performance problems.

Testing with storage performance development kit (SPDK) tools revealed a 25 percent performance hit when using the internet protocol-based iSCSI benchmark, using a single processor core.

Intel is no longer the only one facing a set of class-action lawsuits over the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities, as its competitor cum graphics partners, AMD, was recently dealt the same hand.

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