Meltdown and Spectre bugs affect digital devices worldwide

Apple Security

Technology companies are working to protect their customers after researchers revealed that major security flaws affecting almost every modern computer processor could allow hackers to steal stored data - including passwords and other sensitive information - on desktops, laptops, mobile phones and cloud networks around the globe.

"All Mac systems and iOS devices are affected, but there are no known exploits impacting customers at this time ..." These will be similarly impossible to fix, and the only strategy will be to throw our devices away and buy new ones.This isn't to say you should immediately turn your computers and phones off and not use them for a few years.

But just how well the proposed fixes work remains a matter of debate, putting Brian Krzanich, Intel's chief executive, in the hot seat. Apple watch is not affected.

Apple shares rose 1 per cent to US$174.80 (RM698) at 3.01pm Friday in NY.

Guidance from U.S. cyber-security project CERT, which is funded by the federal government, originally advised computer users that in order to fully remove the vulnerability they would have to "replace" processor hardware. Alongside an apology and an explanation that a software change was implemented to balance out the effect of aging batteries, the company reduced the cost of replacing the power units from US$79 to US$29 through the end of 2018.

"All future Arm Cortex processors will be resilient to this style of attack or allow mitigation through kernel patches", the company said in a statement.

"This stops criminals accessing potentially sensitive information, however without these updates installed devices can be left open to be exploited through these recently discovered potential security flaws".

One of the bugs is specific to Intel but another affects laptops, desktop computers, smartphones, tablets and internet servers alike.

If you own a computer or smartphone that uses an Intel, AMD or ARM processor, those devices are vulnerable to Spectre. Gruss was part of a research team led by Google Project Zero, which seeks to expose vulnerabilities and fix them before hackers exploit them.

Things You Need to Know About the Trump-Bannon Breakup
Mr Trump has promised to address the situation, but his "opioid czar" Kellyanne Conway does not appear to be at Camp David. In response, the publisher moved the book's release date from next week to January 5, citing unprecedented demand.

Quinnipiac Poll: Trump is intelligent but not level headed
The poll was done January 5-9 with person-to-person interviews. Trump received an A or a B from 32 percent of voters. His job approval rating is 36 percent.

Elton John tips Camila Cabello for big things in 2018
Never spoken to her, never, but I just love her. "We get asked all the time if we're getting a fifth member", she explained . Elton said this about Camila , "I just think she's going to have an incredible year, cause she's ... just so much fun".

Check "Settings" on your iPhone and iPad and "Updates" in the Mac App Store to make sure your devices are up-to-date. Google will also ship an update to its Chrome browser in January to obstruct attempts to exploit these flaws.

Luckily, tech companies have already begun releasing software patches that they say will solve the problems without a significant impact on performance.

Spectre and Meltdown are new and troubling vulnerabilities, but it's important to remember that there are many different types of threats that Google (and other cloud providers) protect against every single day.

"We continue to develop and test further mitigations for these issues and will release them in upcoming updates of iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS".

In a post on the company's website Wednesday, AMD said that one variant of the Spectre vulnerability was resolved by software and operating system updates.

On Thursday, Intel's stock closed down 1.8 percent to $44.43 a share.

The lawyers representing the Californian claimants think there will be more cases coming to light in the coming months, describing it as "one of the largest security flaws ever facing the American public".

Most of the immediate fixes will be limited to the Meltdown bug.

Related News:



Most liked

U.S. could 'conceivably' stay in Paris climate pact
After the USA withdrew from the Paris climate agreement, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg made clear her disagreement . He went on to thank the Prime Minister for troop and humanitarian assistance in the fight against terrorism and ISIS.

Microsoft rolls out end-to-end encryption for Skype Insider conversations
Keep in mind that you won't be able to use the feature unless you're talking to another person also using a Skype Insider app. The feature is made possible via Signal Protocol's encryption, though it isn't available to non-Insiders at this time.

Google unifies Android Pay and Google Wallet into Google Pay
The availability of the LG Pay in the USA will be timed with the release of its upcoming flagship phone. The YouTube app and other well-known Google products already have the Google Pay option available.

Amazon Alexa Set to Become Power Business Tool on Windows 10 PCs
Six months since Amazon and Microsoft shook hands for coupling Windows 10 with Alexa, we are having the initial signs of its arrival.

Treasury and IRS release new guidance on tax withholdings
Though the tax overhaul was originally touted as a way to simplify the code, in some cases Congress added new complications. However, the IRS says it doesn't expect that tool to be online until "the end of February".

Myanmar trial set for Reuters journalists
The Official Secrets Act dates back to 1923, when Myanmar, then known as Burma, was a province of British India. The United States Embassy also weighed in on the situation, calling for the journalists to be released.

Kelly Smacks Down Idea That Trump's Tweets Make Life More 'Difficult'
The developments in the probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller have weighed on current Trump staffers and reportedly caused apprehension among potential newcomers.

US lawmakers look into SpaceX launch that ended with lost satellite
This was SpaceX's third classified mission for the USA government. "We do not comment on such a mission". The company is preparing to launch its new Falcon Heavy rocket, made up of three Falcon 9 engine cores.

Circuit City to relaunch online next month, with stores on the horizon
Eventually, the revitalized company plans to open showroom-style stores as part of its brick-and-mortar retail strategy. This time around, Shmoel says the company is also planning to open retail kiosks and stores-within-stores.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Switch Port Announced, Release Date Set
On Nintendo Direct this morning, Nintendo announced that another game for Wii U will be taken to Nintendo Switch . The writers here at Nintendo Enthusiast are huge fans of Tropical Freeze , so this is a welcome announcement.

Trump administration to let states adopt Medicaid work requirements
In a CMS call with reporters Thursday morning, Verma countered, "This policy is about helping people achieve the American Dream". President Donald Trump is making it possible for conservative states to apply work requirements to Medicaid recipients.

Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway: 'Nobody here talks about Hillary Clinton'
CUOMO: Putting up a wall isn't going to stop illegal drugs coming into this country and you know that. Conway was apparently referring to CNN's apples and bananas "Facts First" ad campaign .

7 new E. coli cases; continue avoiding romaine lettuce
The cases in the United States are the same strain as the cases in Canada and some of them have the same genetic fingerprint . We protect our client's legal rights. "Two people developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure".

'I'm a husband!'... Ricky Martin has tied the knot to Jwan Yosef
Who's this?' Then I start checking all of a sudden I'm like, 'Ooh, ooh.' And then I wrote to him", he recalled past year . Now that these two are officially married (and ready to share the news with the world), they're gearing up to celebrate.

Google makes little noise buying United Kingdom sound tech startup Redux
According to regulator filings, the shares of Redux' holding company were transferred to Alphabet in early December a year ago . Just recently Wired wrote about how companies might use audio to transfer data, which may be part of Google's plan for Redux.