Other OS vendors are also addressing the problem: Google's Android phones and Chrome are already protected with the latest security updates, and Microsoft has started to release patches-though it said it could adversely affect some devices, including sparking the Blue Screen of Death.
"We will not comment on specific products, nor the tactics, techniques, and procedures as such information could be used to undermine the DOD's information networks", said a DISA spokesperson.
FLINT DUXFIELD: What Mr Gruss discovered was that Amazon was trying to protect against a much bigger hacking threat, through which he was able to access a massive array of data. "This really is the big one, and everyone-consumers and businesses alike-must pay attention".
In the world of technology companies, nothing goes unnoticed. They access protected areas of memory to potentially decode and read.
Meltdown affects any computer or laptop running an Intel processor released since 1995, according to the findings, whereas Spectre would affect smartphones as well as computers and cloud servers that run Intel, ARM and AMD processors.
"Any patch they do is a kluge", he said. They have been given the James Bond-esque names Meltdown and Spectre. Even traditionally exploit-resistant operating systems, like Apple's iOS, are vulnerable.
Apple simply distributed another help archive clarifying that iOS and macOS could be assaulted by the newfound (and exceptionally risky) Meltdown and Specter misuses.
"It's going to cause things like slowdowns on machines". "It may also affect host-based security applications", said Dukes, in an emailed response to questions.
Your best course of action is to update the software on your device immediately. Meteorologists have named the storm Winter Storm Greyson, he added, "making it the first storm ever named after a child throwing a tantrum in line at Whole Foods".
There are three known variants of the issue so far. So, while there is a potential real risk, in my opinion, it's not as great as many of the more traditional malware attacks we've seen in the recent past. Analysts are bullish: More than half call Intel a "buy", and just one in eight holds a negative outlook for the stock.
But, as we previously reported, vulnerable chips may eventually have to be physically replaced en masse.
As you can probably imagine, the tech industry hasn't remained closed-mouthed and has reacted to the news accordingly, with some of the industry's biggest players from different sectors such as cloud providers and device manufacturers, already putting out statements. The complaint also makes reference to the alleged drop in performance that comes after installing a patch.
While you're waiting for Windows Update to finish working or your PC manufacturer to issue a firmware fix, you can still protect your online activity from exposure to the speculative execution vulnerability by fortifying your web browser.