AMD may be less of a target than Intel in regards to the Meltdown and Spectre flaws, but the CPU and GPU maker still got hit by four lawsuits recently over issues pertaining to the vulnerability.
According to Hot Hardware, the four class-action lawsuits – which were submitted up in San Jose, California – addressed multiple violations on its part, ranging from securities fraud all the way up to unfair competition and negligence.
One lawsuit in particular, states that AMD continued to sell its CPUs to customer, despite having known about the Spectre defect, and a price that was “higher than was customers would have paid had they known about the Spectre defect and its threat to critical security features as well as on the processing speeds of the devices they purchased.”
Like Intel, AMD has been rolling out firmware patches to fix the Spectre vulnerability, but another lawsuit suggests that the patch might not be as helpful, as it still doesn’t address the core of the problem. “Because Spectre is rooted so deeply into the CPU architecture, a permanent fix will be difficult to roll out and will likely cause a drop in performance.”
This isn’t the first time AMD has been dealt a lawsuit over the Spectre flaw. Back in January, a class-action lawsuit was filed against the company. It accused the semiconductor maker for making ‘misleading’ statements regarding the Spectre and Meltdown flaws.