About Meltdown and Spectre

About Meltdown and Spectre

Yesterday, January 3, two massive security flaws were uncovered and reported, and they go by the fun names of “Meltdown” and “Spectre”. Here is what you need to know:

  • Both of these flaws allow hackers to view information stored in your computer’s running memory–not your hard drive. This is a very good reason not to allow your browser to store your website usernames and passwords, because that information is now highly vulnerable to this attack.
  • Windows 10 computers should already be patched against Meltdown. Windows 7 computers should receive their patch next Tuesday (Jan 9th). Until Tuesday, please exercise more caution in terms of which WiFi networks you use and which websites you visit.
  • The Spectre flaw is a more complex exploit that will take weeks or months to mitigate with software patches, and ultimately will require a redesign of CPU hardware by manufacturers. There is nothing we can do about it now.

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By |2018-01-04T10:09:07+00:00January 4th, 2018|Technology|0 Comments

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