UEFI BIOS Updates For Spectre

With the Spectre vulnerability exposed, Intel is rushing out new microcode, and motherboard manufacturers are working hard to get BIOS updates released. ASUS has a page you can find here to see if your motherboard has an updated BIOS. Unfortunately only 2 X99 boards appear like they will be getting any love. GIGABYTE has a similar page here,... Continue Reading →

KB4073576 & KB4073578 fixes Win 7 / 8.1 AMD unbootable state issue

Microsoft released today an update for Windows 7 and 8.1 users, KB4073576 and KB4073578 designed to fix the unbootable state issue that some AMD devices ran into after installing the out-of-band security updates that Microsoft released last patchday. An update is available to fix the following issue that occurs after you install January 3, 2018—KB4056897 (Security-only update) or... Continue Reading →

Meltdown & Spectre Firmware Updates Causing Reboots for Some Intel Customers

Intel is currently looking into reports that some of its customers are experiencing reboots in systems that update to the latest firmware for Meltdown & Spectre mitigation. The systems affected are running Broadwell and Haswell processors. However, Intel still recommends end-users should apply the updates for both OS and hardware. Intel needs to straighten this up and... Continue Reading →

Intel Publishes Security Fix Benchmarks for Desktop

Intel has now come out with client-side benchmarks that show the impact of its security fixes using SYSmark, PCMark, and 3DMark on Coffee Lake, Kaby Lake and Skylake architecture based CPUs. The short story is that performance impacts of no more than 10% were seen in these synthetic workloads on both Windows 10 and Windows... Continue Reading →

Intel has released microcode update v20180108 with Meltdown & Spectre fixes

Intel has released microcode update v20180108 with Meltdown & Spectre fixes for some CPU families. Of the 94 microcodes in the previous release (v20171117), 19 have been modified in this release; I verified this with a file comparison-by-contents program. AMD, Intel and VIa microcodes can be found as own GitHub repo here. These microcode updates... Continue Reading →

Ubuntu Spectre & Meltdown patches are here

Ubuntu just got an update to face the meltdown problem, and the patches working fine so far on my test systems. You can check (similar like on Windows) your systems for the hole via the spectre-meltdown-checker. Ubuntu called the announcement article simply "SpectreAndMeltdown" which lists CVE-2017-5715, CVE-2017-5753, CVE-2017-5754 aka Spectre and Meltdown. The listed timeline shows... Continue Reading →

Some AV programs are incompatible to the Spectre & Meltdown patch – Here is how to fix it

The 3. January Patch provided by MS might causes some failures, reboots or even BSOD's caused by your installed antivirus program, in this article we will find a way to fix this issue. Some AV blocking the download of the download itself or you get some problems after you applied the Spectre & Meltdown patch,... Continue Reading →

Chrome Patch for Meltdown and Spectre not until January 23

According to Google’s support page, it will be over two weeks until the next version of Chrome (which includes mitigations to protect against Meltdown and Spectre) is released. For the time being, users may enable "Site Mitigation," an experimental feature that makes it harder for untrusted websites to access or steal from information. Mozilla has already updated Firefox... Continue Reading →

Meltdown and Spectre – almost everything gets patched

Wow what a first week this year - a huge leak and everyone was freaking out (including me) because we finally realized that hardware can't be trusted. But what was done after the leak? Let's talk about it! We are talking btw about CVE-2017-5715 +  CVE-2017-5753  + CVE-2017-5754. Software patches PaleMoon isn't vulnerable Firefox has moved to multiple processes... Continue Reading →

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