Intel has twice tripped up in the space of a month. Not content with announcing a critical flaw affecting its processors late in the day, the Santa Monica company has concocted a patch that is proving unsatisfactory for many users. Aimed at countering the second variant of the Specter attack, the patch causes a number of unwanted effects on the PCs on which it was installed – starting with concerns about unwanted reboots.
To try to limit the breakage, Microsoft has just developed a patch of its own to cancel the problems caused by that of Intel. Soberly named KB4078130, the update was released urgently by the Redmond firm. To benefit from it, however, it must be installed manually.
Microsoft also calls on all its partners to no longer deploy the patch designed by Intel. Note that Intel had for its part announced that it was better to avoid installing its patch because of these famous problems observed under Windows. When the remedy is worse than the disease, it is better to abstain …
An update to install only if necessary …
Important note, the Microsoft patch is not intended for everyone, and it is precisely for this reason that it was not offered via the Windows Update service.
If you installed the patch from Intel and have been having problems since, however, you are concerned. To install the update published by Microsoft, nothing could be simpler, just go here and download it. You will then obtain a simple executable that you just need to launch with a double-click.
Latest info: Microsoft reminds customers that as of January 25, no report of an attack using Specter variant 2 (CVE 2017-5715, for which Intel's patch was designed) had been identified . The risk of being a victim is therefore relatively low, but that does not prevent the American giant from recommending the installation of the Californian founder's patch despite everything … Finally, when the latter will be truly developed.