What To Do About Meltdown and Spectre

January 8, 2018

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By now you've learned that virtually every single computer you own has two major design flaws that send shivers down your spine. The two bugs were discovered by researchers from Google's Project Zero team whose job is to test security and flaws.  The two issues have names. Meltdown, which breaks through barriers protecting computer memory, affects only Intel chips and works in a way that makes cloud computing especially vulnerable. And Spectre, which is a little more difficult to exploit but does the same as Meltdown affects AMD and ARM processors. The vulnerability of each allows hackers to see the memory (including personal information) inside other programs and services down to the core of the operating system. So what is next?  Programmers have creating patches for Meltdown.  Microsoft has already released an update for Windows 10 patching the vulnerability, and is releasing patches for Windows 7 and Windows 8 soon. Apple is being quiet on the matter but experts believe the flaw was fixed in the new 10.13.3 update to macOS known as High Sierra. We can only assume and iOS patch for iPhone, iWatch and Ipad is in the works.  As for Android users if you are running the most recent version of the mobile operating system are protected, according to Google.  Once again it shows the importance of updating your computers, phones and others devices.  Analysts say a patch for Meltdown could slow CPUs down by up to 30%, while there is no known fix for Spectre, which could require a major chip redesign.

SOURCE: Lifehacker

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