Users of Apple MacBooks may have been at risk thanks to this latest security flawWhat are the security holes Meltdown and Spectre?
Another potential fix is to activate metered connections in Windows 10 which can prevent the update from installing. However, it's a very close call between the two, as both proprietary pens come at the exact same price of $99, and offer very similar experiences and functionality. The Surface Pro starts at $799, but if you want the full brawn of a laptop, it could run you as much as $2,699, and the performance differs substantially from one level to the next.
The news comes after tech companies around the world scrambled to patch the security bug.
Needless to say that the industry is scrambling to find fixes for the issues and offer patches to mitigate the effects of the bugs.
ARM, meanwhile, reports that the issue, related to cache timing side-channels, has been addressed by the company.
Actual details of the security flaws haven't been made public for fear that hackers may try to compromise devices.
The company hasn't released an official statement yet but a spokesman said that the company is working hard to solve the issue.
Spectre, designated as CVE-2017-5753 and CVE-2017-5715, can allow attackers to steal information leaked in the kernel/cached files or data stored in the memory of running programs, such as credentials (passwords, login keys, etc.).
Those users which are affected can fall back on Windows Defender for Windows 10 devices or Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows 7 devices, the firm claimed.
We gather that a lot of software developers, app developers, and device manufacturers will be updating their software soon because of the recent announcement and discovery of the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities. The update changes the behavior of Intel's branch prediction to be less aggressive. Thankfully, Intel and Google reported that they have not yet seen attacks actively exploiting these vulnerabilities so far. Spectre reportedly affects processors from Intel, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), and Advanced RISC Machine (ARM). "Providing a fix will assist Intel in limiting its liability to a certain extent, but it cannot avoid exposure entirely". "Our Hypercore-Direct version of SCRIBE was designed to not make *any* syscalls in the IO path, and as a result should see a negligible performance impact as a result of these mitigations". This is a major loophole since all users got the benefit of the upgrade.
For operating systems not listed, customers should consult with their operating system or AMI vendor for updates and instructions.
Microsoft has been forced to issue an emergency fix in order to address the newly discovered Meltdown vulnerability in Intel CPUs, but warned it may cause compatibility problems with some AV tools.
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