Researchers develop SafeSpec to overcome vulnerabilities like Spectre and Meltdown

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2018/06/16/safespec-meltdown-spectre-fix/ Computer scientists from the University of California, the College of William and Mary, and Binghamton University have published a paper detailing a new “design principle” that avoids speculative execution … Read more

CVE-2018-3665: Floating Point Lazy State Save/Restore vulnerability affects Intel chips

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2018/06/14/floating-point-lazy-state-save-restore-vulnerability/ There has been something of a spate of chip vulnerability discoveries recently, and now another one has emerged. Known as Floating Point Lazy State Save/Restore, the security flaw (CVE-2018-3665) … Read more

The Meltdown and Spectre Patches Probably Aren’t Slowing Your Computer Down

Full Article : Make Tech Easier – http://feeds.maketecheasier.com/~r/MakeTechEasier/~3/4aUuh4Ak6Aw/ In January of 2018 the cybersecurity world was rocked by news of the massive Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities in the Intel processor, but for most users the … Read more

Red Hat responds to Speculative Store Bypass and helps explain Variant 4 chip vulnerability

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2018/05/22/red-hat-responds-speculative-store-bypass/ As news of yet another chip vulnerability creeps out, computer users, businesses and organizations around the world are trying to assess how the latest bug affects them. To help … Read more

Spectre and Meltdown variant 4: Microsoft, Google and Intel reveal new Speculative Store Bypass chip vulnerability

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2018/05/22/speculative-store-bypass-variant-4-vulnerability/ Just when you thought you could forget about the Spectre and Meltdown chip vulnerabilities, yet another variant has been discovered. Known as Speculative Store Bypass, the vulnerability affects chips … Read more

Microsoft’s Meltdown patch for Windows 10 has a ‘fatal flaw’

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2018/05/07/windows-10-meltdown-patch-fatal-flaw/ If you’ve not updated to Windows 10 April 2018 Update but you have installed Microsoft’s Meltdown patches from a few months ago, your computer is vulnerable to a “fatal … Read more

Exploit emerges for Microsoft’s duff Meltdown patch for Windows 7 and Server 2008

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2018/04/26/exploit-for-microsofts-dodgy-meltdown-patch/ For Microsoft, the patches it produced for the Meltdown chip vulnerability proved to be just about as problematic as the original issue, further reducing the security of systems. Following … Read more

Intel: some processors will never receive Meltdown and Spectre patches

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2018/04/05/no-meltdown-spectre-patches-for-some-intel-cpus/ With little fanfare, Intel has revealed that some processors will simply never receive microcode updates that will patch against the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities. In a document entitled Microcode … Read more

Microsoft launches bounty program for speculative execution side channel vulnerabilities

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2018/03/15/microsoft-speculative-execution-side-channel-vulnerabilities-bug-bounty/ Microsoft has launched a bug bounty program that will reward anyone who finds the next Meltdown or Spectre vulnerability. Known as speculative execution side channel vulnerabilities, Microsoft is willing … Read more

Microsoft removes AV compatibility requirements for Windows 10 security updates

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2018/03/15/windows-10-meltdown-spectre-av-requirement-removed/ In the fallout from the revelations about the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities — and the ensuing chaos relating to patches for the security problems — Microsoft blocked security updates … Read more

Microsoft details steps being taken to address Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2018/03/01/microsoft-spectre-and-meltdown/ The Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities affected millions of processors around the world, and the “fixes” that followed compounded the problems with reports of the patches bricking AMD PCs, and … Read more

Intel failed to warn US government about Meltdown and Spectre flaws before going public

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2018/02/23/intel-did-not-warn-us-cert-spectre-meltdown/ Intel is facing criticism from the US government after it was revealed that the company did not inform cyber security officials about the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities even though … Read more

Intel has a new Spectre firmware patch for you to try out

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2018/02/21/intel-spectre-patch-number-two/ The Spectre/Meltdown debacle continues to rumble on, and now the chip manufacturer has announced the availability of a new “microcode solution” to the Spectre vulnerability. The updated firmware applies … Read more

With Intel’s updated bug bounty program, you could earn big bucks for finding the next Meltdown

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2018/02/15/intel-bug-bounty/ Intel has updated its bug bounty program, offering up to $250,000 to anyone identifying vulnerabilities in its hardware and software. The key update here is that the program is … Read more

Microsoft gives sysadmins Meltdown and Spectre detection in Windows Analytics

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2018/02/14/windows-analytics-meltdown-spectre/ Microsoft has released an update to its free Windows Analytics tool, givingsystem administrators a new way to check for the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities. The update not only makes … Read more

How to Handle Meltdown and Spectre on Linux Ubuntu

Full Article : Make Tech Easier – http://feeds.maketecheasier.com/~r/MakeTechEasier/~3/oXJ3Jn3SzKI/ Meltdown and Spectre are the latest and most widespread vulnerabilities to rear their ugly heads. They hit nearly every computer in the world, and that’s not an … Read more

Intel will release chips free from Meltdown and Spectre bugs this year

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2018/01/26/meltdown-spectre-free-intel-chips/ The discovery of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities in processors caused a great deal of panic and confusion. The poor reliability and performance hit brought about by patches did … Read more

Businesses need a risk-based approach to tackle vulnerabilities like Meltdown

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2018/01/23/risk-based-vulnerability-meltdown/ The recent Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities have been well documented, but for businesses it can be difficult to know which fixes to prioritize. Software management and security specialist Flexera is … Read more