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Protecting your business against Meltdown and Spectre

Last Updated 2022/04/12

Meltdown and Spectre are security vulnerabilities present in many modern processors. Hackers may exploit these flaws in order to steal data being processed using affected hardware.

Meltdown allows hackers to read any kernel memory, regardless of whether they have the required security permissions.

Spectre is a whole class of vulnerabilities that force programs on any given operating system to provide access to a location in a program's memory.

Because of the ubiquity of the processors affected, these flaws are present in a range of hardware, from Mobile phones, tablets and PCs, right up to cloud servers. So it is important for businesses to secure any vulnerable devices.

What are some of the steps you can take to protect your important business data?

Hardware updates

Your PC’s manufacturer should provide firmware updates that resolve issues caused by these vulnerabilities. Check their company website and make sure you download and install them as soon as is possible. If you have built your own PC, you may need updates for a range of components.

As well as any chips you used, also check the maker of your motherboard. Intel and AMD are offering updates directly, so make a list of any of their products in your PC and get the relevant firmware.

Update Windows with the required patches

Your Windows PC may have already automatically downloaded and installed the patches to protect against Meltdown and Spectre, but it is still worth checking to ensure this is actually the case.

Open Start Menu and click on Settings > Update & Security settings > Windows Update. Then, click the Check for updates button. Any available updates will be displayed. Don’t forget to restart your PC to finalise patch configuration.

Web browser updates

Web browsers can be a weak point for hackers trying to exploit chip vulnerabilities, but browser developers are providing updates and patches to resolve this issue. If there are no updates for your current browser, then consider switching to a safer option.

Mozilla, Microsoft, Google and Apple are all in the process of releasing updates to combat Meltdown and Spectre issues with their browsers. Again, some of these are automatic, but you check for updates and restart your browser if needs be.

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Adam Sykes