Processor Vulnerabilities

Updated: Jul 2, 2018

On Wednesday, January 3rd, 2016, security researchers released details on vulnerabilities in several common processor designs. Some of these processo vulnerabilities specifically affect Intel chips, while other vulnerabilities are present in almost all AMD, ARM and Intel chips.

As stated by researchers, there are theoretical ways that antivirus software could detect the problem. However, detection would have an extremely negative impact on device performance, and significantly influence user experience; Therefore, we are recommending that users take the following steps:

  • Keep track of any related patches/updates for your systems and apply them as soon as possible

  • Keep all other software updated, including web browsers

  • Be on the lookout for phishing emails, which are still the number one way for hackers to get a foothold on your computer

Additionally, below are patch release dates we are aware of:

  • Microsoft has already released a patch for Windows 10 and a patch for Windows 7 and 8 will be release on January 9th

  • Google has scheduled a patch to Google Chrome for January 23rd

  • Mozilla has already released patches for Firefox as of January 6th

  • Apple has released patches to iOS and macOS as of January 8th

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