Once this initial phase of testing is completed, Intel will then release an updated patch that will [hopefully] not result in unexpected reboots for customers. Instead, these partners should "focus efforts on testing early versions of the updated solution so we can accelerate its release".
In short, while computing device vendors and other Intel partners work with Intel to fix these issues at the top level and hopefully avoid these faulty patches, the firm also asking end users to stay away from the latest processor updates.
And when Intel's patches started causing their own issues, such as systems rebooting out of nowhere at a much more frequent clip than usual, the problem grew even more complex.
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Shenoy's announcement on Monday offered no mention, as he had explained in his earlier January 17 post, that other processors also are affected by the reboot problems, namely "Ivy Bridge-, Sandy Bridge-, Skylake-, and Kaby Lake-based platforms".
Each time news trickles out about just how insane this unprecedented industry event really is, cloud vendors and data center managers consider buying servers from AMD or ARM vendors the next time their systems need to be replaced. Intel said Monday it had identified the root cause of the reboot problem and is working on a new patch. However, Intel noted at the time that the general public was not directly affected, and recommended that home consumers continue installing patches put out by their system and operating system providers. It will be up to those companies to get the patches into the hands of us regular folks in the form of firmware updates. "The security of our products is critical for Intel, our customers and partners, and for me, personally". Fortunately, Intel's now identified the cause of those restarts, at least for Haswell and Broadwell machines.
"For those concerned about system stability while we finalize the updated solutions", Shenoy added, "we are also working with our OEM partners on the option to utilize a previous version of microcode that does not display these issues, but removes the Variant 2 (Spectre) mitigations". That's because manufacturers deliver the Spectre and Meltdown updates to the chips through a different program.