Intel has identified the root cause for Broadwell and Haswell platforms, and made progress in developing a solution to address it.
Navin Shenoy, executive vice-president and GM of the Data Centre Group at Intel, says the company has already begun rolling out an early version of the updated solution to industry partners for testing. “We will make a final release available once that testing has been completed.”

Based on this, Intel is updating its guidance for customers and partners:

* It recommends that OEMs, cloud service providers, system manufacturers, software vendors and end users stop deployment of current versions, as they may introduce higher than expected reboots and other unpredictable system behaviour.

* It is asking industry partners to focus efforts on testing early versions of the updated solution so it can accelerate its release.

* All customers are urged to maintain security best practice and for consumers to keep systems up-to-date.

“I apologize for any disruption this change in guidance may cause,” Shenoy states. “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.”