Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) released an emergency update designed to fix some of the issues that resulted from the patch that Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) had released to deal with the Spectre bug.
Intel came under fire a few weeks ago after it officially confirmed that its chips were vulnerable to exploits called Spectre and Meltdown. The exploits make the data on the affected computers vulnerable to malicious hacks. The vulnerabilities can be taken advantage of to carry out unauthorized spying. Intel rolled out a patch to solve the matter but unfortunately, the patch had problems of its own, and it ended up causing computers to reboot abnormally.
“System instability triggered by Intel’s faulty patch can in some cases cause “data loss or corruption,” stated Microsoft.
Microsoft has been forced to release an update out of its planned schedule in order to deal with the matter. This follows an announcement made by Intel about a week ago confirming that the security fixes for Spectre and Meltdown had problems that caused computers to reboot spontaneously. Intel has been urging customers and PC makers not to update their computers until it releases a bug-free version of the patch.
Fortunately, Microsoft has been busy working on solving the problem. The software and tech giant released the new software update for Windows operating systems including Windows 8.1, Windows 10 and Windows 7. The company also claims that it has carried out testing which has proved to eliminate the issues caused by the Spectre patch.
Intel’s latest report claims that it has identified the problem which has been causing computers with the affected PCs to reboot once the patch was installed. The chip maker also stated that it is working on releasing another patch that will solve the problem. Meanwhile, users can download the latest Microsoft update from its website to circumvent the issues. It has been speculated that the problem with the patch might have been due to the fact that the fix for the Spectre bug has been rushed since it was a highly publicized matter.
Microsoft stock closed the latest trading session on Monday at $50.08.