Mozilla’s Project Fission brings site isolation to Firefox (Spectre and Meltdown protection)

Companies have been scrambling to offer software updates to protect against the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities since before they were disclosed to the public last year. The vulnerabilities allow an attacker to use a speculative execution side-channel attack to obtain data from your computer that shouldn’t be accessible. One thing Google did to help protect […]

Lilbits 319: Chrome gets more secure, uses more RAM

Google’s Chrome web browser has always been something of a memory hog, which is to be expected from an application that runs a new process for each browser tab. Now Google has introduced something called “site isolation,” which means that not only does each tab have its own process, but each process can also now […]

Intel’s hardware-based Spectre mitigations won’t protect against variant 4 (or later)

A few months ago Intel promised that it would start shipping processors with hardware-based protections against the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities in the second half of 2018. That will include upcoming 8th-gen Intel Core processors and Intel Xeon chips based on the new “Cascade Lake” architecture. But while those chips will offer hardware-based protections against […]

AMD releases Spectre variant 2 patches to hardware and software partners

Intel has been pushing out software updates since the start of the year aimed at reducing the risks posed by the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities affecting most of the company’s recent chips. But Intel processors aren’t the only ones affected. While AMD notes that its chips are not susceptible to Meltdown-based attacks, the company says […]

Intel won’t release Spectre patches for some older chips after all

Intel has been rolling out microcode updates meant to help protect users from attacks based on the recently disclosed Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities. But while most Intel chips released in the past decade or so are vulnerable, Intel has decided not to released some previously promised updates for certain chips released between 2007 and 2009. […]

Intel: Chips with hardware protections against Meltdown and Spectre coming in 2018

Shortly after the Spectre and Meltdown chip vulnerabilities were disclosed earlier this year, Intel started releasing software updates meant to mitigate the risk. Some of those updates came out better than others, but the idea was to help protect PC and servers by making it tougher for malware to infect a system and steal data […]

Intel rolls out Spectre updates for 6th, 7th, and 8th-gen Core chips

Intel is rolling out more microcode updates to help protect computers using its latest chips from Spectre-related attacks. Earlier this month the company released a stable update for PCs with 6th-gen Intel Core “Skylake” processors. Now updates are also available for 7th-gen “Kaby Lake” chips and 8th-gen “Coffee Lake” and “Kaby Lake Refresh” processors. Intel […]

Intel releases stable Spectre patch for Skylake CPUs, updates for other chips coming soon

Intel has released a microcode update designed to help protect computers from Spectre-based attacks… again. The company says its latest microcode update patches “several Skylake-based platforms” to mitigate the risk associated with security vulnerabilities discovered earlier this year. Updates for additional chipsets should begin rolling out “in the coming days,” and beta releases are continuing […]

Latest Windows update disables Intel’s crash-prone Spectre security patch

Most Intel processors* released in the past decade are vulnerable to the recently disclosed Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities, and that’s a problem. But shortly after Intel released a microcode update to mitigate the risk, users started noticing that their computers were unexpectedly shutting off (crashing) more often than before. Intel’s solution: don’t install that […]