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

Federico Mansilla
Enero 8, 2018

"We're aware of this industry-wide issue and have been working closely with chip manufacturers to develop and test mitigations to protect our customers". What's special about the new exploits is that it affects the processor itself (most notably Intel chipsets) and not just high-level software.

The patch applies to all supported versions of Windows and Windows Server, Microsoft SQL Server and the Edge and Internet Explorer 11 browsers.

Windows 10's built-in Windows Defender and Windows 7's free but not built-in Microsoft Security Essentials are compatible with the update, according to Microsoft.

The lawsuit is on behalf of the consumers that purchased products from the company in California, Oregon, and Indiana and figure out the damages that need to be paid. To protect your Windows PC against Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, Microsoft recommends users to patch the systems by simply installing the latest software update.

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The problem that Intel has left behind it seems to be or, will be an actual pain for most of the gamers. FPS drops do occur but not that much. Customers with these platforms can install Microsoft Security Essentials. "We have not received any information to indicate that these vulnerabilities had been used to attack our customers", Microsoft said in a statement. There are already fixes for Meltdown for various system standards like Linux, AMD, Intel, and ARM. One of the security researchers said the bugs are "going to haunt us for years".

Microsoft has pushed a new cumulative update for Windows 10 Mobile that contains many of the same fixes pushed to desktop users with KB4056892 earlier in the week.

Antivirus firms that have confirmed compatibility and set the registry keys so the patch can be applied include Avast, Avira, EMSI, ESET, F-Secure, Kaspersky, and Malwarebytes.

Complaints have been filed in multiple courts in different states and we will see how things go.

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