Intel will not be issuing Spectre patches to a number of older Intel processor families, potentially leaving many customers vulnerable to the security exploit. Intel claims the processors affected are mostly implemented as closed systems, so they aren’t at risk from the Spectre exploit, and that the age of these processors means they have limited commercial availability. Intel’s decision not to patch these products could stem from the relative difficulty of patching the Spectre exploit on older systems. Find out more and if your Intel CPU is affected here.
Microsoft is planning to distribute Intel’s firmware updates to protect Windows 10 systems against the Spectre CPU vulnerability. The software maker usually leaves it up to PC makers to issue their own firmware updates but is now planning to list the Intel firmware updates in its Microsoft Update Catalog. Updates will still need to be manually downloaded. See here for details.
"In the future, new chips should come with hardware changes that would prevent Meltdown and Spectre-like attacks. That’s what we were led to believe. But researchers have discovered new attack paths that take advantage of the Meltdown and Spectre machines and may be replicated on computers of the future. It appears that hardware fixes might not be possible." Check out the latest here, where you can also get the full research paper.
Microsoft now provides a new manual update for Windows 10 devices based on sixth-generation Intel processors. This addresses the Spectre Variant 2 flaw in these CPUs, which could give hackers access to sensitive information if they have direct contact with the device. The fix is specifically for Windows 10 version 1709 (Fall Creators Update) and Windows Server version 1709 (Server Core). Find out the specifics here. As always, The GoTo Tech Guru is here to help with the Spectre (and Meltdown) issues on your computer.
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich addressed the disaster during a conference call on Wednesday, saying that Intel has “assigned some of our very best minds” to work on “silicon-based” changes that will provide built-in protections against Meltdown and Spectre. The first chips featuring this updated architecture will start shipping later this year ...
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Recent news of the Meltdown & Spectre vulnerabilities in Intel’s processors has driven the wedge between the two even further, forcing Microsoft to do much of the work to patch security holes. This article provides insight into this every deepening rift.
AMD is making firmware updates available for Ryzen and EPYC chip series owners and the company is planning to update older processors “over the coming weeks.” Like Intel, these firmware updates will be provided to PC makers, and it will be up to suppliers to ensure customers receive these. For details on how this may affect you, see this article.
Microsoft has been forced to issue a second out-of-band security update this month, to deal with the issues around Intel’s Spectre firmware updates. Intel warned last week that its own security updates have been buggy, causing some systems to spontaneously reboot. Intel then buried a warning in its latest financial results that its buggy firmware updates could lead to “data loss or corruption.” Get the latest on this here.
Intel Corp says that patches it released to address two high-profile security vulnerabilities, Meltdown and Spectre, in its chips are faulty, advising customers, computer makers and cloud providers to stop installing them. Get the latest scoop here!
Mitigations for two critical architectural flaws in CPUs can cause performance degradation, but real-world impact is lower than synthetic benchmarks. Read here on how this will affect the cloud and you. As always, The GoTo Tech Guru is here to answer your questions and concerns. Just Contact Us!
According to Microsoft, if your PC over 2 years old, expect slowdowns from Spectre fixes, especially if you're not on Windows 10. The nature of the Spectre flaw means that fixes to guard against attacks also have the effect of slowing down computers in certain circumstances. Here's how the patches will affect you. To find out why and what to do, read here.
Microsoft has updated its support notice to say that Windows computers will not receive any security updates at all until their Anti-Virus (AV) software is certified compatible with the Spectre and Meltdown patches. Check here to see if your AV is on the list!
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Design flaws in processors from leading chipmakers could let attackers access sensitive information. The flaw impacts more than just Windows, Macs and iOS devices and affects most all computers, phones, tablets, watches, smart TVs and the like.
This is a flaw in the computer CPU chips at its most fundamental level and is NOT a virus, so cannot be eradicated by anti-virus or anti-malware software. It will require several levels of fixes to include no less than: the operating system, BIOs, and CPU driver. At this time, no hardware replacements are necessary, just firmware and software fixes. However, due to repair complexity, if not done properly and by a professional, it could render your device completely useless, otherwise known as "bricking".
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