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    Default Meltdown and Spectre - article in The Guardian

    I'm not sure where anyone is up to regarding the two latest scares, but here is an article in The Guardian that I thought may be of interest:
    https://www.theguardian.com/technolo...-spectre-flaws

    Apologies if this is old news...

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    Default Re: Meltdown and Spectre - article in The Guardian

    Graz's University of Technology, Moritz Lipp, Daniel Gruss, and Michael Schwarz found any hacker who could run code on a target computer could break the isolation around that low-privilege program to access secrets buried in the computer's kernel like private files, passwords, or cryptographic keys.

    Intel told the researchers they were actually the fourth to report the new class of attack

    The flaws are fundamental to the architecture of chips. they have existed for more than 20 years.



    So...why must we panic now?
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    Default Re: Meltdown and Spectre - article in The Guardian

    And it was made known to all who needed to know 6 months ago. To give them time to write patches .

    What happened : nothing. Zilch .
    So the issue became public knowledge a month or so ago & everyone panicked & wrote buggy poorly tested patches

    Add to that, it will be years before Intel actually fixes this in their Chips : they admitted this.

    The hacker still needs to find a way to access your PC , and then this only allows them to read whats in memory (and cache)
    Disable java, use good adblockers, problem solved .
    Last edited by 1101; 27-01-2018 at 05:47 PM.

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    Default Re: Meltdown and Spectre - article in The Guardian

    Personally, I would wait before patching anything. Especially if you have AMD .
    The fixes are too buggy.
    Always a risk with bios updates, a real (but small) chance the bios update will leave the machine unusable.


    https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/0...tre_fix_linux/

    what a mess
    Last edited by 1101; 27-01-2018 at 05:54 PM.

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