Last couple of weeks have been pretty rough for Intel as the company is currently facing more than 30 lawsuits due to its processors’ Spectre and Meltdown vulnerability. While AMD at the time revealed that its processors are immune to Meltdown, later it was revealed that both ARM and AMD chips are vulnerable to Spectre. As a result, AMD is now facing four class-action lawsuits which claimed that AMD has deliberately misled consumers.
The first of the four lawsuits, Nathan Barnes and Jonathon Caskey vs. AMD, stated that AMD continued to sell processors without disclosing the vulnerability to consumers. It writes, “Despite its knowledge of the Spectre Defect, AMD continued to sell its processors to unknowing customers at prices much higher than what 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.”
Another, Brian Speck vs. AMD, noted that the company was unable or unwilling to repair vulnerabilities. According to the filing, “Defendant has been unable or unwilling to repair the security vulnerabilities in the subject CPUs or offer Plaintiff and class members a non-defective CPU or reimbursement for the cost of such CPU and the consequential damages arising from the purchase and use of such CPUs.”
“The software updates or ‘patches’ pushed by AMD onto CPU owners does not appear to provide protection from all the variants of Spectre. At the very least, firmware updates or changes will be required. Even then, these ‘patches’ dramatically degrade CPU performance.”
The last lawsuit was directed towards company’s policy regarding investors who were misled by the company. The lawsuit, Doyun Kim vs. AMD is seeking reimbursement for the investor who bought AMD’s stock. It noted, “AMD and the Individual Defendants, individually and in concert, directly or indirectly, disseminated or approved the false statements… which they knew or deliberately disregarded were misleading in that they contained misrepresentations and failed to disclose material facts.”
While it will be interesting to see how AMD responds to the latest lawsuits, the chip manufacturer started rolling out update for its CPUs shortly after it discovered the vulnerability.