Anyone aware of this latest security issues.

Meltdown and Spectre are the new ways for hackers to attack Intel, AMD and ARM processors that were first discovered by Google last year, and publicly disclosed at this week.

Meltdown and Spectre aren’t really bugs!

Instead, they represent methods discovered by Google’s Project Zero cybersecurity lab to take advantage of the normal ways that Intel, ARM, and AMD processors work.

Google confirmed that they informed the chip makers of this issue, which is caused by a process known as “speculative execution.”

The Google security team already started taking steps to protect the Google services from the attack as soon as they confirmed.

Meltdown and Spectre
Meltdown and Spectre

The attacks, named Meltdown and Spectre, break down barriers between user-mode and kernel-mode and between different processes running on the same device, allowing a virus to access memory that it shouldn’t have access to.
It is better not to panic but, as always, patching is important.

Meltdown and Spectre attacks affecting a large number of processors, forcing operating system developers to release emergency patches.

Intel and Google say that they have never seen any attacks like Meltdown or Spectre actually being used in the wild.
Spectre, by contrast, appears to be much more dangerous. Where the Meltdown attack only seems to work on Intel processors and guard against it with software updates, according to Google.

Do you need to worry?

What can I do?

All of us are advised to check the device makers and operating system providers for all security updates and install any updates as soon as possible.

Google said that Android phones with most recent security updates should be protected and users of web services like Gmail should also be safe.

An update is on the way for Apple desktops and Laptops. Still unclear about the iPhones and iPads are at risk.

Be secure!

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