Important! Critical CPU Security Flaws Identified
Hardware Flaws Identified
On Wednesday, January 3rd, Microsoft published information about two critical security flaws that “could affect nearly every Intel computer relased in the past 20 years – and the AMD and ARM chips in laptops, tablets, and phones, too” (Hitachi Security Advisory, 1/5/18). This hardware vulnerability even gives knowledgeable attackers access to virtual machines. These exploits have the capability to read memory and extract sensitive information, including passwords and encryption keys.
Recommendation - Apply Latest Security Fixes
Experts are recommending taking immediate action to protect computers by applying the latest security fixes as soon as possible. However, there have been a few hiccups along the way in the rush to fix the problem. Microsoft released an update to address these hardware flaws and then blocked it’s installation on PC’s running what they called “incompatible anti-virus software,” as reported by TechRepublic. The “out-of-bounds” patch will protect computers running Windows Defender (Windows 10) and Microsoft Security Essentials (Windows 7) and applies to all computers running supported versions of Windows, Windows Server, and Microsoft SQL Server.
Hitachi Security Advisory, dated January 5, 2018
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