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Nvidia Patch Release Adds to Scope of Spectre Worries

13 January 2018

However there have been no reported compromises of customer data, Apple added, and Apple Watch is not affected by Meltdown or Spectre. And if you have an AMD Radeon GPU, there's also no need to worry.

In other Meltdown and Spectre news this morning, Microsoft and Intel have both provided more details on how much slowdown the patches for these nasty gremlins in the works will cause - with some bad news for owners of older Intel processors and indeed older versions of Windows (i.e. pre-Windows 10).

"The degree of collaboration across the industry has been remarkable", he said.

A wide range of security advisers agree that now that the exploits have been made public, it is only a matter of time before cyber attackers try to make use of them, and for this reason, enterprises can not afford to waste any time applying security updates from suppliers as they become available.

There are three variants of the bug affecting CPUs released over the last decade- two variants of Spectre and one variant of Meltdown.

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At the same time, Intel chief executive Brian Krzanich - the focus of an investigation into possible insider trading following the sale of the maximum number of Intel shares permissible by law after the company found out about the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities but before said vulnerabilities were public knowledge - published an open letter on the subject pledging a tighter security focus and increased transparency in the future.

The glitch underlines the difficulty of Intel's challenge as it rushes to fix the unprecedented vulnerabilities, say industry commentators.

'We have received reports from a few customers of higher system reboots after applying firmware updates, ' explains Intel's Navin Shenoy in a security update. "Specifically, these systems are running Intel Broadwell and Haswell CPUs for both client and data centre. We are also working directly with data centre customers to discuss the issue". If this requires a revised firmware update, he said Intel would distribute that update through the normal channels. However, it is believed that this threat will be contained with an operating system patch.

AMD CEO Lisa Su told Yahoo Finance that the Austin, Texas-based computer and graphics chip company is quickly working to resolve and address a recently-discovered security flaw that affects AMD (AMD) computer chips.

The tech titan has confirmed the Spectre/Meltdown vulnerability's existence late previous year, admitting that its latest chips have security holes remote attackers could exploit.

Nvidia Patch Release Adds to Scope of Spectre Worries