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Spectre

Spectre Variant 4 Patch

Oh good, the Spectre security flaw is back and your devices are at risk

May 22nd, 2018

Right off the bat, 2018 brought us two massive security vulnerabilities that affected almost all types of processors known to man, whether they’re Intel, AMD, or ARM. The good news is chip makers and their partners, including Apple, Google, and Microsoft, eventually issued patches for the affected devices to prevent attacks. These patches were meant …

Meltdown Spectre Security Issue

Even future hardware changes won’t be enough to fix Spectre and Meltdown attacks

February 15th, 2018

Remember the Meltdown and Spectre chip architecture flaws that affect the vast majority of computers we interact with on a daily basis, including smartphones and tablets? The hardware issues have been patched via software updates that, in turn, caused unwanted side-effects themselves, including temporary issues like unexpected boots, or permanent ones like a drop in …

Windows 10 Reboots

Microsoft issues emergency Windows patch to undo Intel’s bad Spectre fix

January 29th, 2018

Intel and its partners scrambled to release patches that would fix the severe Meltdown and Spectre security issues unveiled a few weeks ago. But it turned out that the software fixes that should prevent hackers from taking advantage of the newly disclosed chip issues aren’t exactly perfect. Microsoft has now released an emergency Windows patch …

Intel Spectre patch, performance bugs

Intel: Our Spectre patch might break your computer so please don’t download it

January 22nd, 2018

Ever since the Spectre and Meltdown security flaws were made public at the beginning of the year, tech companies have been scrambling to get users to update their software. But unfortunately, after sending the software patch to computer manufacturers and enterprise customers, chipmaker Intel discovered that its security fix caused reboot problems. Intel cautioned users …

Google Spectre patch

Google claims to have a Spectre fix that doesn’t slow down PCs

January 12th, 2018

Since the Spectre and Meltdown processor flaws were first made public last week, tech firms have been scrambling to get updates pushed out to users’ devices. The only problem? In fixing the bugs, which concern chip-level code and functions, Intel and Microsoft’s patches have also made computers slower. But according to Google, it is still …

Intel advises customers not to download Spectre patch after reboot problems

January 12th, 2018

Intel has begun “quietly advising some customers to hold off installing patches” related to the recent Spectre vulnerability, according to emails seen by the Wall Street Journal, and confirmed by a blog post from Intel. The company is reportedly telling cloud-center customers and computer manufacturers to hold off on applying some recent updates, due to a …