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IT professionals can use Windows Analytics to test if their devices have been properly patched to combat the Meltdown and Spectre CPU vulnerability.
Hackers have already started to successfully take advantage of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerability, with over 100 samples found so far.
Major Intel customers like Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, and Lenovo knew about Meltdown and Spectre before the U.S. Government, prompting concerns the information fell into the wrong hands.
Intel’s patch for the Meltdown and Spectre flaw are causing problems so Microsoft has acted with emergency patches for Windows 10, Windows 8.1, and Windows 7.
Intel will be releasing updated versions of its processors later this year and will be working on more software patches for Meltdown and Spectre in the meantime. However, the company still has Congress to answer to.
Meltdown and Spectre was embargoed for over half a year by leading tech giants. In a letter to leading companies like Apple, Google, and Microsoft, the US Congress wants to know why.
The faulty Meltdown and Spectre patch has caused rebooting problems, but was believed to be limited to legacy Intel chips. However, the company admits Skylake and Kaby Lake chips are also affected.
AMD has detailed its plans for the Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws, including a patch for Spectre Variant 1 and an OS update for Variant 2. AMD processors seem immune to Meltdown.
The company says three variants of the Meltdown and Spectre security flaw have varying impacts on its services, but performance drain is minimal.
A Windows update seeking to fix the Meltdown and Spectre processor flaws is breaking PCs, and Microsoft believes AMD is to blame. The Redmond giant accuses the chipmaker of not conforming to previous documentation.
HP has launched some significantly upgraded devices this year, with the introduction of Vega in the Spectre x360, and Alexa integration with its Pavilion Wave. Meanwhile, the Envy x2 now offers an Intel variant.
Intel believes it can fully mitigate the Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws via updates, and says it will soon launch updates for 90% of processors released in the past five years. However, users may still have to put up with significantly reduced performance.
Firefox's latest update reduces the accuracy of time sources in the browser, making it much harder to perform web-based Meltdown and Spectre attacks. Google plans to follow with a patch on January 24.
Despite concerns over performance hits, Microsoft has update supported Windows builds to protect against the Meltdown and Spectre CPU vulnerability that has impacted Intel, AMD, and ARM.
US government-backed cybersecurity team says the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerability can only be fixed by removing the affected CPU. Such an action would take a massive toll on the industry.
The Spectre x360 13.3-inch brings HP’s premium design to the Windows 10 platform and is now available alongside its bigger 15.6-inch sibling.
A bug in Intel CSME could let an attacker with local or physical access install an undetectable keylogger on a device or break encryption and DRM.
Chrome 77 on Android now has site isolation, a Google feature that protects users against CPU-level flaws like Spectre.
Microsoft says Windows 10 1903 is ready for anyone to install - provided you don't have an Intel or Broadcom Wi-Fi adapter.
Microsoft's Dynamics 365 bounty seeks RCE, escalation of privilege, and spoofing/tampering issues, with rewards ranging from $500 to $20k.