Two new CPU bugs have been discovered by Google’s Project Zero team this week. The bug can potentially be exploited on processors created over the last 20 years. Attacks can run some JavaScript code in a website in order to access active memory on your system which might contain keystrokes, passwords or other vital information.

Just like other bugs and exploits that are released, there are fixes for these bugs. For the savvy computer user/computer running updates properly should have nothing to worry about. Microsoft/Intel are continuing to write patches for these two CPU bugs known as “Spectre” and “Meltdown”.

Patches roll out typically on Tuesdays from Microsoft and they will be applied then; however, if you have Windows 7, 8, or 10 you can manually update today and won’t need to wait until “Patch Tuesday” unfortunately Apple has currently not released their patch but expected to soon.

If you aren’t sure whether or not you are protected, please feel free to give Frankenstein a call and ask them to check the update settings/service on your computer and ensure that Windows Update is working properly and applying updates. Some say the CPU being patched does have some performance drawback, but it’s better than having your important information stolen from you. It may be a couple of weeks before any bugs introduced by the patches themselves will be worked out. It is too early to tell as the patches are still rolling out.

 

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