Microsoft Investigating Problematic Meltdown Patch on AMD PCs

  • Microsoft Investigating Problematic Meltdown Patch on AMD PCs

Microsoft Investigating Problematic Meltdown Patch on AMD PCs

"Nothing going on", a user with the handle "Frustrated after KB4056892 on older AMD laptop" posted to the discussion thread on Sunday, adding that the system is running a version of McAfee anti-virus that is compatible with Microsoft's security fix.

For now, there aren't any confirmed attacks on Microsoft customers exploiting the vulnerabilities. Since this is an emergency update, it comes with security fixes only and no other bugs were fixed. Even if that is successful, however, the operating system quickly attempts to reinstall the PC-freezing patch, they say.

Pixabay/geraltMicrosot has issued emergency updates to protect Windows 10 users from the "Meltdown" security flaw. No new operating system features are being introduced in this update.

This is our new weekly column that rounds up all the latest news from the Microsoft campus and throws it on a page with a bit of observation and commentary. "Unfortunately, it seems it's not easy to disable the automatic updates without gpedit tweaks, so it tries installing and rolling back the update over and over", wrote the reporter.

Microsoft also issued a statement about the processor exploits stating that the company has released "security updates to protect Windows customers against vulnerabilities affecting supported hardware chips from Intel, ARM, and AMD".

"Security updates to Windows SMB Server, the Windows Subsystem for Linux, Windows Kernel, Windows Datacenter Networking, Windows Graphics, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, and the Microsoft Scripting Engine".

Several users reported that after applying the patch on Windows 7 systems with AMD chips-Athlon 64 CPUs in particular-they were greeted with a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD), rendering their PCs inoperable.

If you installed earlier updates, only the new fixes contained in this package will be downloaded and installed on your device.

After ensuring Windows 10 is updated, users should also install the latest BIOS and firmware updates from the company that made the device (Dell, HP, Lenovo, and others). No real-world attacks have yet been seen.

Intriguingly, in AMD's response to Google Project Zero's findings, the chip maker downplayed the effects of the Meltdown and Spectre flaws on its processors.