Update from Microsoft protects Windows 10 Mobile handsets from Meltdown and Spectre

Not every Windows computer is receiving Microsoft's patch to address the "Meltdown" and "Spectre" vulnerabilities. Any new WorkSpaces launched from bundles that do not have the updates will receive patches soon after launch, unless customers have changed the default update setting in their WorkSpaces, in which case they should follow the above steps to manually apply the security updates provided by Microsoft.

"A reduction in performance is likely to be felt more heavily by cloud servers and processer farms than by individuals", says Emma Stevens, associate solicitor on the IT team at law firm Coffin Mew.

For now, we can just wait for an official statement from the company regarding this matter and hope that Snapdragon 845 is not delayed too much.

However, it is not enough that Windows roll out patches for their software and operating system.

You can download the update via the device's internal update system or by visiting the Microsoft Download Center.

Or Microsoft stepped on the rollout gas with the FCU, damn the torpedoes, because it had been criticised for the slower pace of earlier in 2017. Called Meltdown and Spectre, these two methods attack kernel-level memory to grant unauthorized access to different parts of a computer. However, this security can come at the cost of functionality, as your software choices will be constrained to the Apple App Store.


Apple's macOS has been reportedly patched in version 10.13.2, while 64-bit ARM kernels were also updated.

Intel says that the slowdowns will be "workload-dependent". The details related to the flaw were scheduled to be revealed to public this week, but The Register revealed the news last week forcing the companies to publicly disclose the information.

The company recommends that users ensure their browser is kept up to date, and that all operating system and security software is kept current. That is, the performance (speed) of your computer/device may be slowed down by as much as 30 percent, although this number is thought to depend on the exact processor in your device. Unfortunately, it seems it's not easy to disable the automatic updates without gpedit tweaks, so it tries installing and rolling-back the update over and over. "For these customers, the increase could easily be absorbed into future planning, and admins who may have easily scalable hyper-converged solutions (like ours) would have the extra option to add a single node to a cluster to help with the added CPU load, and adding such a node is trivial".

Jeff Ready: "Lower latency storage technologies (like NVMe) tend to expose the latency in the software stack even more, and the Meltdown/Spectre mitigations will make that even worse in a syscall-heavy datapath". Moreover, these chips are the engines driving clustered workhorse systems in modern day supercomputers whose only reason for existence is the ability to perform massive calculations.

The potential impact is far-reaching: Desktops, laptops, and smartphones running on vulnerable processors can be exposed to unauthorized access and information theft.


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