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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:32 pm    Post subject: "Spectre" and "Meltdown" computer vulner Reply with quote

This seems to be the talk of the town at the moment.
Here's what you need to know about the security flaw that could affect almost every computer

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Here's what you need to know about the security flaw that could affect almost every computer
Matt Rosoff | @mattrosoff. CNBC.com

The computer industry is scrambling to patch security vulnerabilities in the chips that power nearly all the world's computers, including PCs, phones, and data center computers.
One vulnerability, dubbed "Meltdown," is known to affect Intel chip. The other, called "Spectre," could affect chips from AMD and Arm as well.
Individuals and companies should issue security patches from the vendors who make their software, such as Microsoft Windows and Apple iOS.

The computer industry is scrambling on Wednesday to patch a massive security vulnerability that's present in the processors used on almost all the computers in the world.
The vulnerabilities could allow a hacker to steal information stored in the memory of a wide range of computer chips running on personal devices not just computers and phones, but also the servers in data centers, including those used to run cloud computing services.
The widespread vulnerability could allow a hacker to steal information stored in the memory of the chip itself, including things such as passwords and cached files. It could also pave the way for attackers to weaken other security features.

'Meltdown' and 'Spectre'

One of the vulnerabilities, dubbed Meltdown, is known to affect Intel chips.
Another, Spectre, could affect chips from many vendors, including Intel as well as AMD and Arm.
Although there are no known exploits for the problem yet, the problem is alarming because it could affect so many computers.
Intel and AMD chips power nearly all personal computers and the computers used in data centers, including those that power online services and cloud computing services, while Arm chips power many smartphones.
A site with detailed information about Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities says that Google's Jann Horn and third-party researchers discovered them around the same time.


Intel, others respond

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich also told CNBC that Google first alerted it to the vulnerability, and Google has published a detailed rundown of the exploits.
Intel and other companies were scrambling to fix the problem before word got out, the New York Times reports, but news of the vulnerability was reported by The Register on Tuesday, so the companies and researchers rushed to release information about it on Wednesday.


What you should do

Individuals should apply the first available security updates from the companies who make the software on their devices, like Microsoft Windows, or Apple for iOS.
Service providers such as Amazon are working to patch the servers used in their data centers, and some users may experirence down time as they do this.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So. Is this what it seems? A previously undetected and unsuspected design flaw that has suddenly come to light?
Or is it a built-in panic button that was designed for emergency use if some unforeseen future contingency threatened to wrest control out of the hands of the Deep State?
Is this the moment when the black hat who's losing the poker game knocks the table over?

Damned if I know but fortunately somebody cleverer than me will be along soon to read the runes.

It does strike me as suspicious timing given that the Q-Anons and the chans have been indicating that, behind the scenes, Trump's swamp draining team is on a roll right now, collaring spooks, law enforcement officials, politicians, corporate board members, CEOs, money launderers, financiers, child traffickers, and God knows what else. Heat has also been directed at executives in charge of Google, Twitter, Facebook and other social media. Are these people scorching the earth because they're cornered?

Or is it just a case of programmers discovering they did indeed make an arse of some design details (and me wasting a thread)?

Colour me suspicious for now and bring on some clever people to put this in perspective.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good eYe,

Always follow your first instinct. There are no coincidences.

Personally my "spidy-senses" were on red alert when I read this.

If the instructions to the herd is to go left, I'll go right by default:)

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