Microsoft has said fixes for the Meltdown and Spectre security flaws may significantly slow down some servers and personal computers

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Microsoft says security patches slowing down PCs, servers

- oann.com
09 Jan 2018
(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp MSFT.O said on Tuesday the patches released to guard against Meltdown and Spectre security threats slowed down some personal computers and servers, with systems running on older Intel Corp INTC.O processors seeing a noticeable decrease in performance.

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09 Jan 2018
Microsoft has paused distributing its Meltdown and Spectre security updates for AMD machines after reports of PCs not booting. Microsoft's support forums have been full of complaints from PC owners with AMD processors, and the software giant has acknowledged the issue today. Microsoft is blaming AMD's documentation for the issues.
- flipboard.com

The harsh reality of Meltdown and Spectre

- movietvtechgeeks.com
09 Jan 2018
There's a lot of hoopla floating around the major processor vulnerabilities called Meltdown and Spectre. If you still don't know, Meltdown is the name of the latest vulnerability involving Intel microprocessors, which in theory will allow hackers to steal valuable information directly from processor memory. Spectre is the same thing but extends to other processor brands ...

Spectre and Meltdown and iPhone Batteries and Henny Penny

09 Jan 2018
What if we considered Spectre and Meltdown in a much lower-tech context? Let's say we've been selling cars for decades. Those cars have locking doors. Then, suddenly, someone says "Hey, even with the door locked, pretty much anybody can get into any car by throwing a rock through the window." Yep. This is a true fact. You can try it yourself. (Please use your own car, ...
- eejournal.com

Apple says all Macs and iOS devices affected by chip flaws

- money.cnn.com
09 Jan 2018
In an announcement on Thursday, Apple (AAPL ) said it has released mitigations to defend against Meltdown in iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2, and tvOS 11.2. It will release mitigations in Safari to defend against the Spectre bug "in the coming days," the release said.

How to check if your AV is blocking Microsoft patch

09 Jan 2018
While the operating system updates address Meltdown, Spectre fixes rely on firmware updates from hardware vendors that implement microcode fixes from chip vendors. In Intel's case, its microcode update introduces its Indirect Branch Prediction Side Channel Analysis Method.
- zdnet.com

Meltdown and Spectre patches could cause noticeable performance slowdownsSecurity Affairs

- securityaffairs.co
09 Jan 2018
Just after the disclosure of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities , many security experts argued that forthcoming patches will have a significant impact on the performance (30% degradation), but Intel pointed out that average users will not notice any difference.

Fortnite servers will be unstable for the next week as Epic protects against Meltdown CPU exploit

09 Jan 2018
Epic is patching its cloud servers--which is "heavily relies on"--to address their vulnerability to Meltdown, and the result is that the game will be unstable over the next week. The patch of one cloud server had more than doubled CPU usage of one of Fortnite's back-end services, the company revealed.
- pcgamer.com
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