Tuesday, 16 January, 2018

Update from Microsoft protects Windows 10 Mobile handsets from Meltdown and Spectre

Windows 10 Security Update Available, Games Suffer Performance Microsoft releases updates to protect Surface devices against Meltdown and Spectre
Ben Pena | 09 January, 2018, 01:03

Intel and its partners have made significant progress in deploying updates as both software patches and firmware updates.

Meltdown and Spectre are already causing trouble, even if there's no evidence that cyber-attackers have weaponized the critical processor flaws.

Doing so will download the Windows 10 Upgrade tool and you can run this and follow the instructions to upgrade a Windows 7 or 8.1 device to the latest version of Windows.

When word got out on an exploit in AMD and Intel Processors, Microsoft and other tech giants were quick to respond and patch their systems or devices.

Although Microsoft officially ended the free Windows 10 upgrade offer a year ago, it is still possible to get the new operating system completely free of charge by using a simple trick. Updates were issued for the Fall Creators Update, the Creators Update and the original version of Windows 10, although Insiders had many vulnerability fixes for a few months.

Intel has developed and is rapidly issuing updates for all types of Intel-based computer systems - including personal computers and servers - that render those systems immune from both exploits (referred to as "Spectre" and "Meltdown") reported by Google Project Zero.

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The Register also noted that some Linux developers working on a patch were frustrated to the point they considered naming the fix, "Forcefully Unmap Complete Kernel With Interrupt Trampolines", or F*CKWIT.

It's also not certain that Microsoft's patches for the Meltdown and Spectre attacks are the actual cause of the problems, given KB4056892 contains much more than these specific security fixes. "This includes microcode from device OEMs and in some cases updates to AV software as well", the company said.

However, after installing the updates, users running older machines could see a drastic drop in performance.

Microsoft also confirmed that its testing showed the mitigations did produce "some performance impact", adding it would not be noticeable to most users. We'll update this post with more information if and when it's available. According to a report by The Verge, security researchers are still compiling a list of antivirus software that is supported by the emergency fix. Microsoft has pushed out a cumulative update for all Windows 10 Mobile handsets regardless of whether they are registered with the Insider program or not.

AMD chips aren't vulnerable to the Meltdown attack, but operating system updates could address one of the Spectre attacks it was vulnerable to.

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