Meltdown and Spectre Information Page

Issue

Recently-published research articles have demonstrated a new class of vulnerabilities (dubbed "Meltdown" and "Spectre") that exist in most modern computer processors. At best, the vulnerabilities could be leveraged by malware and hackers to more easily exploit other security bugs.  At worst, they could be abused by programs and logged-in users to read the contents of your computer's memory (such as passwords).

You should be aware of these attacks because your computer is probably affected, but there is no need for alarm. This is a technical issue that will be addressed as software and operating system providers release updates which can then be installed on your computer.

Recommendations

The best protection from the new vulnerabilities is continuing to maintain good security practices – especially to ensure your operating system, browser, and antivirus software are kept up to date with the latest vendor software patches.

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Summary Articles and Useful Links