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Intel logo is seen behind LED lights in this illustration taken January 5, 2018.  REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

  • Intel now says users should avoid installing and partners should stop distributing the patch it issued to protect against the Meltdown and Spectre attacks.
  • The company had already acknowledged that the patch could lead to unexpected reboots, but had previously publicly advised users to install it anyway.
  • The company has found the root cause of the problem — at least for some of its chips — and is working on a new patch.
  • Intel is offering mixed messages — telling users to keep their computer systems up-to-date, but to avoid this fix.
  • Consumers who have been trained to install any and all security updates may find it difficult to figure out how to avoid installing this particular patch.

When it comes to protecting computers from the Spectre and Meldown attacks, Intel issued some new advice Monday: customers and companies should avoid installing and its partners should stop distributing the fix it issued to address them.

Unfortunately for consumers, that may be easier said than done.

Intel previously acknowledged that the software patch it issued appeared to be causing some customers’ computers to reboot more frequently than normal. Intel said Monday it had identified the root cause of the reboot problem and is working on a new patch. In the meantime, the company said users shouldn’t install the old one.

“I apologize for any disruption this change in guidance may cause,” Navin Shenoy, executive vice president of Intel’s Data Center Group, said in a blog post. “The security of our products is critical for Intel, our customers and partners, and for me, personally. I assure you we are working around the clock to ensure we are addressing these issues.”

Intel’s announcement is likely to cause confusion for many consumers. At least for Windows users, patches such as the one Intel issued typically come through the Windows Read More Here