Vulnerabilities with Processors

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Hi Experts,

With regards to the recent vulnerabilities with Intel, and I heard that AMDs are affected as well, I am wondering if any action need to be taken for Windows 7, 8, 10, and MAC ?

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Hello ThereSystem Administrator
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Yes. Read this article that gives you a few advices what to do. Maybe you will get some useful knowledge. HERE

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What can I do about the Meltdown and Spectre flaws?

Users can do little to avoid the security flaws apart from update their computers with the latest security fixes as soon as possible. Fixes for Linux and Windows are already available. Chromebooks updated to Chrome OS 63, which started rolling out in mid-December, are already protected.

Android devices running the latest security update, including Google’s Nexus and Pixel smartphones, are already protected. Updates are expected to be delivered soon. Users of other devices will have to wait for the updates to be pushed out by third-party manufacturers, including Samsung, Huawei and OnePlus.

An update from Apple on what is needed for its Mac computers and iOS devices is expected.
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You need to run Windows (and MAC) updates for all current Workstation and Server operating systems. Windows X64 systems were largely patched by yesterday.

Dump any X86 / 32-bit Operating systems as quickly as you can (Workstations and Servers).

Apple is updating current MAC and IOS now / soon.
Hello ThereSystem Administrator
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Now it's impotrant to patch everything. Google Chrome, Firefox, Intel components, BIOS, Windows OS:
Microsoft has issued an emergency security patch through Windows Update, but if you’re running third-party antivirus software then it’s possible you won’t see that patch yet.

A firmware update from Intel is also required for additional hardware protection...

Ensure you have the latest Windows 10 updates and BIOS updates from Dell, HP, Lenovo, or one of the many other PC makers. We’re hoping Microsoft or Intel creates a simple tool (they have a PowerShell script right now) to check protection for both the firmware and Windows updates, but until such a tool is available you’ll need to manually check or get familiar with PowerShell. Here’s a quick step-by-step checklist to follow for now:

 - Update to the latest version of Chrome (on January 23rd) or Firefox 57 if you use either browser
 - Check Windows Update and ensure KB4056892 is installed for Windows 10
 - Check your PC OEM website for support information and firmware updates and apply any immediately
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Hello ThereSystem Administrator
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And John is absolutely right about 32bit systems. Keep it in your mind.
Hello ThereSystem Administrator
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Meltdown vulnerability was found in Intel chips.
Spectre was found in both Intel and AMD + ARM as well.

There is a brilliant page that describes everything. Hope you will like it. HERE

Antiviruses will not help you. Patch, patch and patch!
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Thank you and I was happy to help.

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