Some Ubuntu users have reported on Ubuntu forums and Launchpad bug tracker that they're finding their Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus unbootable after installing the Linux kernel update (linux-image-4.4.0-108-generic) containing the Meltdown fix.
The confirmation that GPUs are not subject to the Spectre flaw, and that the GFE security bulletin was simply a release which follows researchers recommendations that individual software packages be recompiled with protections against exploitation through the CPU's vulnerability, has reassured investors: Nvidia's share price has recovered from its dip, closing 0.78 percent up for the day. "What we did is we released driver updates to patch the CPU security vulnerability".
Nvidia has provided updates to GeForce, Quadro, and NVS driver software, as well as its Tesla driver software, and its GRID driver software.More news: Is Trump unwilling to testify in Special Counsel's probe?
The Ubuntu issue is the first case of users on Linux distributions experiencing problems with fixes for the Meltdown and Spectre bugs.
While the full extent of devices affected by the flaws is not yet fully known, Cisco Systems has said it has identified 18 vulnerable products and is looking for problems in almost 30 other products, including switches and routers.
Let us know what you think about this statement regarding Nvidia graphics cards not being affected by Meltdown and Spectre bugs and whether or not you have noticed any kind of performance degradation since the bug became common knowledge. We are patching the CPU vulnerability the same way that Amazon, the same way that SAP, the same way that Microsoft et cetera are patching, because we have software as well.
Nvidia's actions are in this latter category of knock-on effects, Nvidia's CEO said. "At this moment, I am absolutely certain our GPU is not affected".More news: Dish Adding Google Assistant Capabilities
Intel, Microsoft and Linux developers have all endeavoured to rush out fixes to mitigate risks from the flaws - with the worst, labelled Meltdown, affecting only Intel CPUs.
Meltdown and Spectre patches for the Linux and Microsoft platforms are already available.
"Pretty much every modern processor is exposed somehow to these exploits", Bernstein analyst Stacy Rasgon said.More news: NY IDC leader accused of sexual harassment