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Microsoft Debuts Windows Analytics Tools to Assess Meltdown and Spectre Protection

IT professionals can use Windows Analytics to test if their devices have been properly patched to combat the Meltdown and Spectre CPU vulnerability.
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Meltdown and Spectre Now Being Successfully Exploited by Malware

Hackers have already started to successfully take advantage of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerability, with over 100 samples found so far.
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Intel Told Select Customers of Meltdown and Spectre before U.S. Government

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.

Microsoft Issues Windows Patch to Cover Intel’s Faulty Meltdown and Spectre Fixes

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.
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Intel CEO Confirms 2018 Chips Will Not Be Vulnerable to Meltdown and Spectre

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.

US Congress Asks Microsoft and Tech Rivals to Explain Why Meltdown and Spectre was...

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.
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Intel: Buggy Meltdown and Spectre Patch Affects Newest Core Processors

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 to Roll out Security Patch for Meltdown and Spectre CPU Flaws

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.

Microsoft Explains Performance Impact of Meltdown and Spectre Fixes

The company says three variants of the Meltdown and Spectre security flaw have varying impacts on its services, but performance drain is minimal.

Meltdown and Spectre: Microsoft Halts Security Updates as AMD-Based PCs Refuse to Boot

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 Kicks off CES 2018 with Alexa-Powered Pavilion Wave, Spectre x360 15, and More

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.
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Intel: Security Updates Will Make PCs ‘Immune’ to Meltdown and Spectre CPU Flaws

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.

New Firefox Update Helps Mitigate Meltdown and Spectre CPU Exploits

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.

Microsoft’s Emergency Meltdown and Spectre Windows Patch Risks Performance Problems

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.

CERT: “Meltdown and Spectre” CPU Security Flaw Can Only Be Fixed by Hardware Replacement

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.
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HP Spectre x360 13.3-inch Convertible Now Available

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.
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Intel Has Been Hit by Another “Unfixable” CPU Flaw That Could Lead to Undetectable...

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.

Google Brings Site Isolation to Chrome on Android

Chrome 77 on Android now has site isolation, a Google feature that protects users against CPU-level flaws like Spectre.

Microsoft Green Lights Windows 10 1903 for Broad Deployment

Microsoft says Windows 10 1903 is ready for anyone to install - provided you don't have an Intel or Broadcom Wi-Fi adapter.
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Microsoft Will Give You up to $20k for Finding Dynamics 365 Security Bugs

Microsoft's Dynamics 365 bounty seeks RCE, escalation of privilege, and spoofing/tampering issues, with rewards ranging from $500 to $20k.


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