Critical Update: Meltdown & Spectre

Critical Update: Meltdown & Spectre

Old vulnerabilities bringing new problems… again

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By now, you may have heard of a “new” threat circulating the IT scene. I quote new, because as threats go this vulnerability is an old one. The vulnerability is a part of the architecture design in most modern CPUs (modern being within the last 20 years).

There is a lot of news and noise floating out there, so for simplicity sake, we will point you in the direction of the most useful resources on these new potential threats.

As an added note, the word “potential” there should give some calm to anyone concerned. As of yet, there have been zero reports of malicious hacks using these design flaws. Major OEMs were alerted to this issue months ago, cloud services such as Google and Amazon’s A.W.S. have been putting preventative measures in place, the “Meltdown” vulnerability is actively being patched, and the “Spectre” should see solutions within a week according to manufacturers.

 

:: RESOURCES ::

https://spectreattack.com

(The most concise resource we have found on the issue. Includes links to statements from major OEMs and papers on each vulnerability for the more technically inclined.)

 

Should any drastic new development occur, we will post another update to keep the information flowing your way.

As always, if you have questions about this or any other IT needs for your business, don’t hesitate to reach out to the experts here at CisCom Solutions. This is what we do, so you can stay calm and focus on everything else.