Keeping Up With the Meltdown and Spectre Bugs

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New patches to fixes against security vulnerabilities from Spectre and Meltdown have been reported to cause system rebooting issues on computers around the world. This flaw is named as Meltdown and Spectre.

Experts have pointed out that there are not now any malicious programs which exploit these vulnerabilities in circulation, but advised that consumers still need to be very careful about the sites they visit and the software they download.

The authors of a technical paper that identified the Spectre vulnerability, say more work will be required to examine the security of processors because the very design of computer building blocks may be insecure, and there are likely vulnerabilities they didn't find. Despite these flaws existing for over two decades, researchers independently discovered them at the same time. Considering the fact that the programs are not allowed to read from other programs, any malicious software or program can exploit Meltdown and Spectre to gain access to various personal information.

Intel released numerous statements after the vulnerabilities were made public, and it shot down reports that its chips were the only ones at risk. Apple also said its Mac and iOS devices could be vulnerable.

Apple said it would release a patch to help guard Safari against Spectre and advised only downloading software from trustworthy sources.

Companies like Microsoft and Google have already started sending out the patches to minimise the effects of these bugs. Users are recommended to install these updates as soon as possible. In a blog post, Microsoft Windows and Devices Group executive vice president Terry Myerson said there may be "significant slowdowns" for devices running Windows 10 on pre-2015 chips.

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"We have received reports from a few customers of higher system reboots after applying firmware updates".

Log-sniffing vendor SolarWinds has used its own wares to chronicle the application of Meltdown and Spectre patches on its own Amazon Web Services infrastructure, and the results make for ugly viewing.

"The security of the systems our customers depend upon and enjoy is a top priority for us". According to the lists, the three manufacturers will be issuing updates for motherboards based on Intel's LGA 1151, LGA 2011v3 and LGA 2066 sockets.

"We are working quickly with these customers to understand, diagnose and address this reboot issue".

"We are also working directly with data centre customers to discuss the issue".

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