Steps Intel Recommends To Sidestep Spectre And Meltdown

Steps Intel Recommends To Sidestep Spectre And Meltdown

Two computer flaws disclosed this week could conceivably affect any New Brunswicker with an electronic device. Apple has also confirmed that MacBook and other iOS devices are also vulnerable to this bug since the company uses Intel processors or ARM-based processors.

Both companies have begun rolling out protective patches, which will be included in the normal updates that you see.

"Here is the simple truth: Every CPU created since 1995 is a victim of these bugs", said Ahmed Banafa, a cybersecurity professor at San Jose State University. Meltdown appears to be specific to Intel chips. The Meltdown bug is affecting almost every processor which is made since the mid-1990s.

No, according to the researchers.

Apple users haven't been spared in the great computer chip debacle.

These pre-computed results, if not used, are discarded - but, as researchers have shown, there are side-effects left by such precomputation which are not disposed of thoroughly enough and can sometimes be leaked to the potential attacker. Gruss was part of a research team led by Google Project Zero, which seeks to expose vulnerabilities and fix them before hackers exploit them. These bugs are known as Meltdown and Spectre.

Independent researchers separately discovered and named these vulnerabilities "Spectre" and "Meltdown".

But Spectre will be harder to mitigate than Meltdown because the most effective fix is redesigned computing hardware. If you use a third-party anti-virus app, however, you may not be able to install this update, yet another reason to switch to Microsoft's free, built-in Windows Defender.

But do you really need a new battery? Google says Android devices are protected if they have the latest security updates. But AMD also told its customers that "total protection from all possible attacks remains an elusive goal" and encouraged them to regularly update their software. Next, you'll want to update your anti-virus software and be sure you're running the latest version of your web browser, both which can keep you safe from dangerous files that might use these exploits. It affected around 300,000 computers in 150 countries and had a devastating effect on businesses and organisations including the UK's National Health Service (NHS). Spectre, like Meltdown, tricks applications into granting access to locations in memory, giving it a secret passage around the digital ramparts built into major operating systems like Linux and Windows.

The Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities are bi-products of optimization techniques created to increase the performance of modern processors. The company said it will soon release a new version of its Safari web browser to protect customers against Spectre.

Intel has responded by releasing a statement, confirming that "it is aware of the class actions but as these proceedings are ongoing, it would be inappropriate to comment".

Taken together, that means that nearly every computer and device manufactured since 1995, along with associated networks, servers and cloud services, are compromised - billions of devices using Microsoft, Google Android and Apple operating systems.

On Thursday, Intel said it has already issued updates for the majority of processor products introduced within the past five years.

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