Microsoft cancels AMD Meltdown and Spectre patches after they start bricking PCs

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"Microsoft has reports of customers with some AMD devices getting into an unbootable state after installing recent Windows operating system security updates", says a Microsoft spokesperson. At least some user complaints referenced AMD's Athlon CPUs.

Specifically, Windows 10 computers with 2016 Intel Skylake, Kabylake or newer processors showed "single-digit slowdowns", which Microsoft didn't expect most users to notice a change because these percentages are reflected in milliseconds.

AMD shares have gained almost 20 per cent in the last week as investors speculated that the chipmaker could wrest market share from Intel, whose chips were most exposed to the security flaws.

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Intel's shares sank in the two days after the chip vulnerabilities were disclosed last week, while AMD shares are up more than 15% since January 2, the day before news of the security flaws was widely disclosed. Today Microsoft's Terry Myerson in a blog post detailed the performance impact of Meltdown and Spectre patches on Windows 10.

Spectre and Meltdown are design flaws in modern processors that expose a wide range of PCs, phones, tablets and servers to attack.

ARM Holdings estimated that around 5 percent of more than 120 billion chips its partners have shipped since 1991 was impacted by Spectre. "You need a level of access to the system before it can be exploited".

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Microsoft's first attempt to patch a major microchip security flaw didn't go so well.

As a result, Microsoft is temporarily halting Windows OS updates to devices with AMD processors affected by this apparent bug.

Microsoft has blocked a number of security updates for some AMD based PCs after discovering that installing updates to combat the Spectre and Meltdown bugs left some devices unable to boot. As a result, the patch is being halted on Windows systems running AMD processors.

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The software maker also acknowledges that there is still much to be learned as companies like Intel, AMD, Amazon, Google, and Apple all issue updates.