Technology firms are working to fix two major bugs in computer chips that could allow hackers to steal sensitive data. Admins can manually update the Windows registry to install the patch, however Microsoft cautions that doing so may cause serious problems that "require you to reinstall your operating system".
Devices manufactured in the past decade would most certainly be affected by the industry-wide design flaw, he added.
However, it is not enough that Windows roll out patches for their software and operating system. This risk has seemingly yet to be exploited; there was no evidence that either vulnerability has led to a security issue being enacted. There are plenty of other improvements in this latest update, which bring the iPad Pro closer to the functionality of a native desktop environment, including split-screen viewing, text drag & drop, and a Dock system, making it easier to access favorite apps and files. Intel believes these exploits do not have the potential to corrupt, modify or delete data.
Macs contain fixes if you're running the Mac OS High Sierra 10.13.2 update that rolled out December 6 Your iMacs, MacBooks, Mac Pros and Mac Mini should all be updated to the latest OS version, so updating your devices is now more important than ever. The company maintains any performance slow-downs after an update are workload-related.
In an email, Red Hat security wrote that the vulnerability affects x86 (Intel and AMD chipsets), POWER 8, POWER 9, System z, and ARM processors.
By now Windows users should have received the patches Microsoft released yesterday to plug the widespread Meltdown bug and its companion Spectre, which expose most computers and phones to speculative execution side-channel attacks that affect chips from Intel, AMD, and Arm. First up we have the always dependable Ashes of the Singularity and here we see a small uplift in performance after the patch has been applied. Red Hat, which tends to be the Linux distribution security leader, has already released its first trio of patches to deal with three Meltdown attack variants.
AMD is downplaying the effects of the processor flaws.
The 7-zip compression and decompression performance looks much the same, again this is within the margin of error for this test. This issue is corrected with a kernel patch.
The only solution for the two security flaws circulating the tech sphere, known as Spectre and Meltdown, is to replace all CPU hardware, according to the Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT).
Still, Qualcomm stock fell about 1 percentage point in after-hours trading on Friday after the company made the disclosure.
The severity of the bug is not limited to its scope. "We are in the process of deploying these mitigations to our customers and encourage people to update their devices when patches become available". That's not our area of expertise or interest, so we'll leave that testing to those better equipped to tackle it.