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Meltdown & Spectre

Good afternoon,

I have just had a fairly scary email with the following warning

"Analysts discovered a new security alert yesterday (03/ Jan 2018) which shows that most computer processors have a design flaw. The design flaw enables malicious lines of code to enter a PC’s operating system kernel and can steal data like passwords or even information from the programs installed on the machine.

These two alerts, known as Meltdown and Spectre, can affect the vast majority of PCs. Meltdown goes after Intel processors and Spectre takes down ARM and AMD chips."

This vulnerability affects all Intel chips manufactured from 1995 onwards. ARM chips are a little less likely to be vulnerable (although it can affect Android phones), and although AMD are saying that their chips are not vulnerable to attack, researchers are saying otherwise.

So, the first thing you can do to check if your PC is affected is download the tool that Intel has made available to users, the Intel-SA-00086 Detection Tool, which you can download."

Do we know about this threat? Do we download the intel  detection tool or what do we do?

Help and advice would be good news for us all I think





Re: Meltdown & Spectre

That tool is for testing an older vulnerability anyway.

Thread here for further reading.


A little bit of knowledge is... well a little bit of knowledge.

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