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  • Microsoft patches patch for Meltdown bug patch: Windows 7, Server 2008 rushed an emergency fix

    03/30/2018 7:37:48 AM PDT · by dayglored · 25 replies
    The Register ^ | Mar 29, 2018 | Shaun Nichols
    If at first you don't succeed, you're Redmond Microsoft today issued an emergency security update to correct a security update it issued earlier this month to correct a security update it issued in January and February.In January and February, Redmond emitted fixes for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 machines to counter the Meltdown chip-level vulnerability in modern Intel x64 processors. Unfortunately, those patches blew a gaping hole in the operating systems: normal applications and logged-in users could now access and modify any part of physical RAM, and gain complete control over a box, with the updates installed.Rather than stop...
  • Sam Nunberg Meltdown: Former Trump Aide Calls Sarah Huckabee Sanders an 'Unattractive Fat Slob'

    03/06/2018 9:01:02 AM PST · by EveningStar · 49 replies
    Newsweek ^ | March 6, 2018 | Christina Zhao
    Ex-Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg described White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders as “unattractive” and a “fat slob” in an interview with Spectrum News NY1 yesterday, one of the many appearances he made during his spectacular media meltdown.
  • New Spectre, Meltdown variants leave victims open to side-channel attacks <p>

    02/19/2018 3:53:27 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 20 replies
    TechRepublic ^ | February 15, 2018 | By Conner Forrest
    MeltdownPrime and SpectrePrime, found by Princeton and NVIDIA researchers, may require significant hardware changes to be mitigated. MeltdownPrime and SpectrePrime, new variants of the Meltdown and Spectre flaws, could put PCs at risk of another type of cyberattack. The MeltdownPrime and SpectrePrime exploits could be harder to protect against than the original Meltdown and Spectre flaws, because of how deep their flaws exist in the processor. Security researchers from NVIDIA and Princeton have discovered new variants of the Meltdown and Spectre flaws that may be more difficult to tackle than the originals. Dubbed MeltdownPrime and SpectrePrime, these flaws were further...
  • Pelosi: Republicans Voted to Release Intel Memo to 'Distract' From Tax Cuts

    01/30/2018 9:12:13 AM PST · by jazusamo · 88 replies
    CNSNews ^ | January 30, 2018 | Susan Jones
    2 min Pelosi meltdown video at link. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosispeaks to CNN's Chris Cuomo onJan. 29, 2018. (Photo: Screen grab/CNN) (CNSNews.com) - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) went on CNN Monday night to express her fury at Republicans on the House intelligence committee who voted to release a classified memo dealing with the ongoing Russia investigation. She accused Republicans of "dangerously and recklessly dealing with intelligence" to "cover up" the Russia investigation. She said the four-page memo, written by Republicans on the House intelligence committee, is false, a "total misrepresentation," a threat to national security, and on...
  • Apple releases Meltdown patches for older versions of Mac

    01/24/2018 12:57:34 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 9 replies
    CNBC ^ | January 23, 2018 | Jordan Novet
    Apple has now released Meltdown patches for its three most recent versions of the macOS operating system. Earlier this month Apple said it was working on mitigations for the Spectre vulnerability, which is said to be harder to exploit Tim CookMark Neuling - CNBC Apple on Tuesday took the next step toward protecting Mac users from recently disclosed security vulnerabilities that have been shown to affect many kinds of devices. The move brings Apple closer to being on par with Microsoft in terms of deploying protections for older versions of its desktop operating systems. On Tuesday Apple said it...
  • Apple releases iOS 10.2.5, MacOS High Sierra 10.13.3, Apple Watch 4.2.2, tvOS 11.2.5

    01/23/2018 7:22:26 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | January 23, 2018
    Apple releases iOS 11.2.5 Tuesday, January 23, 2018 · 1:17 pm Apple today released iOS 11.2.5 which includes support for HomePod and introduces the ability for Siri to read the news (US, UK and Australia only). This update also includes bug fixes and improvements. HomePod support Setup and automatically transfer your Apple ID, Apple Music, Siri and Wi-Fi settings to HomePod. Siri News Siri can now read the news, just ask, “Hey Siri, play the news”. You can also ask for specific news categories including Sports, Business or Music. Other improvements and fixes Addresses an issue that could cause the...
  • Linus Torvalds declares Intel fix for Meltdown/Spectre ‘COMPLETE AND UTTER GARBAGE’

    01/22/2018 6:51:07 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 46 replies
    techcrunch ^ | 22 Jan 2018 | Devin Coldewey
    Is Intel really planning on making this shit architectural? Has anybody talked to them and told them they are f*cking insane? They do literally insane things. They do things that do not make sense. That makes all your [i.e. Woodhouse’s] arguments questionable and suspicious. The patches do things that are not sane. …So somebody isn’t telling the truth here. Somebody is pushing complete garbage for unclear reasons. Sorry for having to point that out. ...Intel, for its part, offered the following statement: “We take the feedback of industry partners seriously. We are actively engaging with the Linux community, including Linus,...
  • Here's how much the Meltdown and Spectre fix hurt my Surface Book performance

    01/13/2018 7:40:06 AM PST · by markomalley · 15 replies
    PC World ^ | 12/13/17 | Gordon Mah Ung
    As a performance junkie, I’m less concerned about the security risks of the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities—after all, there are no known exploits in use today—than I am about a performance hit from the fixes.And from what I’m seeing, my concerns are warranted.My sole experience with a fully updated platform so far is with Microsoft’s original Surface Book. It’s based on an Intel “Skylake” Core i7-6700U and has 16GB of LPDDR3 and a 512GB Samsung 950 Pro NVMe drive. The Surface Book is running the 64-bit Windows 10 Pro Fall Creator’s Update.[ Further reading: How to remove malware from your...
  • Microsoft Patches for CPU Flaws Break Windows, Apps

    01/08/2018 4:26:46 PM PST · by bitt · 62 replies
    security week ^ | 1/8/2018 | Eduard Kovacs
    Users have complained that the updates released by Microsoft last week for the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities cause Windows to break down on some computers with AMD processors. Several individuals whose computers rely on AMD processors, particularly older Athlon models, say they are unable to start Windows 10 after installing KB4056892, an update released by Microsoft in response to the disclosure of serious flaws affecting Intel, AMD and ARM processors. The security holes have been dubbed Spectre and Meltdown and they allow malicious applications to bypass memory isolation mechanisms and access passwords, photos, documents, emails, and other sensitive information. Both...
  • 'Meltdown' and 'Spectre' FAQ: What Mac and iOS users need to know about the Intel, AMD, and ARM flaw

    01/08/2018 12:45:49 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 15 replies
    iMore ^ | January 5, 2018 | By Rene Richie
    A series of flaws have been discovered in Intel, AMD, and ARM chipsets that allow speculative references to be probed for privileged data. "Meltdown" is a flaw currently believed to affect only Intel processors and "melts security boundaries which are normally enforced by the hardware". "Spectre" is a flaw that affects Intel, AMD, and ARM processors due to the way "speculative execution" is handled. Both could theoretically be used to read information from a computer's memory, including private information like passwords, photos, messages, and more. Apple has apparently already started patching Meltdown in macOS. Here's what you need to know....
  • Spectre and Meltdown processor security flaws – explained

    01/05/2018 6:33:00 AM PST · by Red Badger · 38 replies
    www.theguardian.com ^ | Thu 4 Jan ‘18 09.20 EST | Samuel Gibbs
    What are Meltdown and Spectre? Do they only affect Intel chips? Will the fixes slow my computer … and what even is a processor? Meltdown and Spectre are the names of two serious security flaws that have been found within computer processors. They could allow hackers to steal sensitive data without users knowing, one of them affecting chips made as far back as 1995. What are Meltdown and Spectre? Meltdown is a security flaw that could allow hackers to bypass the hardware barrier between applications run by users and the computer’s core memory, which is normally highly protected. Spectre is...
  • Major chip flaws affect billions of devices

    01/05/2018 6:05:01 AM PST · by Red Badger · 52 replies
    CNN ^ | January 4, 2018: 9:44 AM ET | by Selena Larson
    Two major flaws in computer chips could leave a huge number of computers and smartphones vulnerable to security concerns, researchers revealed Wednesday. And a U.S. government-backed body warned that the chips themselves need to be replaced to completely fix the problems. The flaws could allow an attacker to read sensitive data stored in the memory, like passwords, or look at what tabs someone has open on their computer, researchers found. Daniel Gruss, a researcher from Graz University of Technology who helped identify the flaw, said it may be difficult to execute an attack, but billions of devices were impacted. Related:...
  • Apple says Meltdown and Spectre flaws affect all Mac and iOS devices

    01/05/2018 3:34:21 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 21 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Jan 05, 2018 | Samuel Gibbs
    Apple’s iPhones, iPads and Mac computers are all vulnerable to the major processor flaws revealed on Wednesday, the company has warned, but it says updates are already available. The flaws known as Meltdown and Spectre affect almost every modern computing device from all manufacturers using chip designs from Intel, AMD and ARM. Apple uses Intel processors in its Mac computers and ARM-based designs for its A-series processors used in the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Apple Watch lines. Apple said: “All Mac systems and iOS devices are affected, but there are no known exploits impacting customers at this time.” The...
  • The Spectre Bug aka Spectre Attack – What You Need To Know

    01/04/2018 10:41:43 AM PST · by Gennie · 25 replies
    Stronghold Cyber Security ^ | 01/04/18 | Jason McNew
    Like the Meltdown bug, the Spectre bug is a hardware bug in the form of a CPU design flaw. Unlike the Meltdown bug which only affects Intel processors, the Spectre bug impacts Intel, AMD, and some ARM (used in many smart phones and other mobile devices) processors. These three are by far the most common CPUs on the planet, running literally billions of devices. In a Spectre attack, the CPU is tricked into executing instructions that it normally would not, causing leaks in the victims memory address space.
  • Emergency Windows Meltdown patch may be incompatible with your PC

    01/04/2018 10:05:16 AM PST · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 50 replies
    techrepublic ^ | January 4, 2018, 3:40 AM PST | By Nick Heath |
    Microsoft has warned some PC users they will not be able to apply an emergency Windows patch because their security software is incompatible. The out-of-bounds update was issued by Microsoft yesterday to address the Meltdown and Spectre flaws in Intel chips. These vulnerabilities affect most PCs and servers, and can be exploited to allow an attacker to read sensitive information, such as passwords, from protected memory. The Spectre flaw also affects AMD chips, but is considerably more difficult to exploit, as well as a small number of Arm-based processors. However, not every Microsoft system will be able to apply the...
  • The Meltdown Bug aka Meltdown Attack For Intel Processors – What You Need To Know

    01/04/2018 8:53:30 AM PST · by Gennie · 32 replies
    Stronghold Cyber Security ^ | 01/04/18 | Jason McNew
    What is the Meltdown bug? Most of the bugs that make the news are software bugs, but the Meltdown bug is a hardware bug (in the form of a design flaw) that affects Intel processors going back several generations. In a nut shell, the Meltdown bug is a brand new way to (possibly) steal your information.
  • How to protect your PC against the major ‘Meltdown’ CPU security flaw

    01/04/2018 6:45:29 AM PST · by Red Badger · 64 replies
    www.theverge.com ^ | Jan 4, 2018, 8:12am EST | By Tom Warren
    Only Intel machines are affected by Meltdown Details have emerged on two major processor security flaws this week, and the industry is scrambling to issue fixes and secure machines for customers. Dubbed “Meltdown” and “Spectre,” the flaws affect nearly every device made in the past 20 years. The Meltdown flaw only affects Intel processors, and researchers have already released proof of concept code that could lead to attacks using Meltdown. The vulnerabilities allow an attacker to compromise the privileged memory of a processor by exploiting the way processes run in parallel. They also allow an attacker to use JavaScript code...
  • Kernel panic! What are Meltdown and Spectre, the bugs affecting nearly every computer and device?

    01/03/2018 8:32:08 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    techcrunch.com ^ | 01/03/2017
    Here’s what you need to know about Meltdown and Spectre, the two huge bugs that affect practically every computer and device out there. What are these flaws? Short answer: Bugs at a fundamental level that allow critical information stored deep inside computer systems to be exposed. Security researchers released official documentation — complete with nicknames and logos —  of two major flaws found in nearly all modern central processing units, or CPUs. It’s not a physical problem with the CPUs themselves, or a plain software bug you might find in an application like Word or Chrome. It’s in between, at...
  • Kernel panic! What are Meltdown and Spectre, the bugs affecting nearly every computer and device?

    01/03/2018 6:43:24 PM PST · by markomalley · 54 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | 1/3/18 | Devin Coldewey
    If you’re confused by the avalanche of early reports, denials, and conflicting statements about the massive security issues announced today, don’t worry — you’re far from the only one. Here’s what you need to know about Meltdown and Spectre, the two huge bugs that affect practically every computer and device out there. What are these flaws? Short answer: Bugs at a fundamental level that allow critical information stored deep inside computer systems to be exposed. Security researchers released official documentation — complete with nicknames and logos —  of two major flaws found in nearly all modern central processing units, or...
  • PostBot Trial Results (Vanity)

    12/22/2017 2:24:13 PM PST · by x1stcav · 44 replies
    12/22/17 | X1STCAV
    As many of you know as I started my Christmas holiday last night and employed a new app called PostBot to fulfill my commitment and obligations as a productive and engaged member of FR while taking much needed time off. After running it for approximately 24 hours I can report the following. 1. The app kept track of what it perceived were negative replies to those it determined were positive. The ratio was approximately 20:1 positive. 2. It compiled lists from the negative responses as to belligerent (9), thin-skinned (18), irrational (6), nasty (11) and self-righteous/sanctimonious (22). A total of...