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Spectre and Meltdown Processor Security Flaws

by Charlie Trumpess

 8th January 2018 3:10 pm

Last week, news broke about two processor security flaws called Spectre and Meltdown. These vulnerabilities mainly affect Intel computer chips but also AMD and ARM CPU’s. These two security vulnerabilities make it possible for malware to be uploaded directly onto susceptible devices such as desktops and smartphones. Although the news of Spectre and Meltdown broke last week, manufacturers have been aware of these vulnerabilities for some time, and have been working towards security patches before the exploits became common knowledge. Right now, no known exploits (malware) have been developed. Of course, it is now only a matter of time before a hacker does develop malware capable of exploiting these vulnerabilities. For this reason, it is essential that all of your devices are kept security patched and updated.

 

Microsoft

For all Modern Networks customers who enjoy our fully managed workstation service, we will implement Microsoft’s security patches once they have been properly tested. We test and stage the rollout of patches to ensure the patch itself doesn’t contain a bug that might inadvertently cause systems problems.

 

Android

For all those who have an Android device, a patch is already available. Simply ensure that your Android operating system is up to date. Modern Networks now offers a mobile device management (MDM) solution for organisations that want greater control, visibility and security over their company issued mobile devices or support BYOD initiatives. Contact Modern Networks Carrier Services for more information.

 

Apple

Currently, Apple devices are affected by the chipset vulnerabilities. Only Mac OS High Sierra has been patched against Meltdown to date. All other operating systems remain unpatched, but we understand Apple is working to mitigate these flaws as quickly as possible. For the few Modern Networks customers who do use Apple devices, you will need to perform a manual update as soon as a patch becomes available.

 

For any Modern Networks customer who remains unsure about the status of their devices, please feel free to email or call our Service Desk for advice and support.

 

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