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Intel inside? Oh no!
« on: Wednesday, 03 January, 2018 @ 17:59:43 »
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Millions of computers using Intel chips prone to hacking and fix 'slows machines by 30 per cent'

Millions of computers using Intel chips are prone to hacking because of a flaw that went unnoticed for a decade, it has emerged.

Software giants are currently working on a fix for the flaw but industry experts have warned it could potentially slow down all devices running the chips by up to 30 per cent.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2018/01/03/fix-critical-intel-chip-flaw-will-slow-millions-computers/


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Intel CPU kernel bug FAQ: Fix for massive security flaw could slow down PCs and Macs
The fix might be worse than the bug.
https://www.pcworld.com/article/3245606/security/intel-x86-cpu-kernel-bug-faq-how-it-affects-pc-mac.html

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Re: Intel inside? Oh no!
« Reply #1 on: Thursday, 04 January, 2018 @ 00:47:02 »

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Re: Intel inside? Oh no!
« Reply #2 on: Thursday, 04 January, 2018 @ 13:57:04 »
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Intel microchip flaw much worse than feared and could affect billions of devices including phones
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2018/01/04/global-microchip-flaw-much-worse-feared-could-haunt-us-time/


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Intel, ARM and AMD chip scare: What you need to know
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-42562303

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Re: Intel inside? Oh no!
« Reply #3 on: Thursday, 04 January, 2018 @ 14:04:47 »
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So, what should you be doing about this?

Clearly these are critical security vulnerabilities, but there is not much that consumers can do other than wait for security patches to be released and then apply them as a matter of priority.

In short: Don't panic, make a cup of tea (coffee is also acceptable), and ensure that you install patches and security updates as they continue to roll out.

FWIW, I don't drink tea or coffee. But I'm making an exception this morning.
https://www.grahamcluley.com/spectre-meltdown-fckwit-dont-panic/

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Re: Intel inside? Oh no!
« Reply #4 on: Friday, 05 January, 2018 @ 15:26:07 »
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Microsoft Out-of-Band Security Update for "Meltdown" and "Spectre" CPU Flaws

The January security release consists of security updates for the following software:

    Internet Explorer
    Microsoft Edge
    Microsoft Windows

Important Note:  The update released is incompatible with a small number of anti-virus products and may result in BSOD's.  As a result, the update is only being released to devices running antivirus software from partners who have confirmed their software is compatible with the January 2018 Windows operating system security update.
https://securitygarden.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/microsoft-out-of-band-security-update.html


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Mozilla Firefox Version 57.0.4 Released to Address "Meltdown" and "Spectre"

To get the update now, select "Help" from the Firefox menu, then pick "About Firefox."  Mac users need to select "About Firefox" from the Firefox menu. If you do not use the English language version, Fully Localized Versions are available for download.
https://securitygarden.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/mozilla-firefox-version-5704-released.html

.tar versions available for Linux via link quoted, otherwise it should be rolled out via your distro over next few days.


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Microsoft released an operating system update yesterday to address the issue. It is required however that hardware firmware and other software programs are updated as well to protect against the vulnerabilities. Mozilla released a fix for Firefox 57, and patches for the latest versions of Edge and Internet Explorer are available already as well. Google will patch Chrome when Chrome 64 gets released on January 23, 2018.
https://www.ghacks.net/2018/01/05/find-out-if-your-windows-pc-is-affected-by-meltdown-spectre-vulnerabilities/


A lot more information on bleepingcomputer.com
« Last Edit: Friday, 05 January, 2018 @ 15:28:15 by Maik »