Microsoft Reportedly Bricks some AMD Customer Computers by Blindly Patching all x86 Computers without Consulting AMD
On January 3rd Intel officially responded to the so-called inaccurate media reporting on its products and said that they were working with AMD and ARM on the issue. Yet within a hour AMD rebuked that generalized statement by stating that the security research team identified three variants targeting speculative execution. Two of the main threats come from Meltdown and Spectre. AMD is only susceptible to Spectre not Meltdown. Even though that was a very public statement, Microsoft in its rush to patch the security issues shot some of AMD's customers in the head by bricking their PC's. If true, then it would be obvious that Microsoft failed to consult with AMD on the matter prior to issuing the patch.
According to the Register "Microsoft's fix for the Meltdown and Spectre bugs may be 'crocking' AMD-powered PCs.
A lengthy thread on answers.microsoft.com records numerous instances in which Security Update for Windows KB4056892, Redmond's Meltdown/Spectre patch, leaves some AMD-powered PCs with the Windows 7 or 10 startup logo and not much more.
Users report Athlon-powered machines in perfect working order before the patch just don't work after it. The patch doesn't create a recovery point, so rollback is little use and the machines emerge from a patch in a state from which rollback is sometimes not accessible. Some say that even re-installing Windows 10 doesn't help matters. Others have been able to do so, only to have their machines quickly download and install the problematic patch all over again.
Those who have suffered from the putrid patch will therefore need to disable Windows Update as just about the first thing they do. Keeping the machine off networks seems a helpful precaution."
Microsoft has yet to address the issue publicly. Whether this is a temporary problem due to the rushed security patch that could be fixed with a follow-up patch for AMD computers is unknown at this time.
However, if a new patch isn't issued shortly to help AMD customers revive their PC's you could can be sure that a wave of Class Actions will follow, just like the wave that recently hit Intel on their security issue.
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