Computer researchers have recently found out that the main chip in most modern computers—the CPU—has a hardware bug. It’s really a design flaw in the hardware that has been there for years. This is a big deal because it affects almost every computer on networks, including workstation and servers.

This hardware bug allows malicious programs to steal data that is being processed in your computer memory. Normally, applications are not able to do that because they are isolated from each other and the operating system. This hardware bug breaks that isolation.

So, if the bad guys are able to get malicious software running on your computer, they may be able to get access to your passwords stored in a password manager or browser, your emails, instant messages, and documents.

The more severe vulnerability, Meltdown (CVE-2017-5754), appears isolated to Intel processors developed in the last 10 years. Spectre (CVE-2017-5715 and CVE-2017-5753) on the other hand, theoretically affects all processors that use speculative execution, including most modern processors manufactured by Intel, AMD, ARM and potentially more.

From a quick read of the many articles, mitigation will require OS patches and firmware updates from Intel, AMD, Arm, etc. For Microsoft, the patch is dependent on having an approved AV application running that sets a compatibility registry key that Microsoft updates will reference. Windows Defender and Microsoft Security Essentials are of course approved and can be used if nothing else is available.

Below are links to information for Microsoft, VMware, Apple, and AWS.

Microsoft Information

Windows Clients Impacted and Will be Patched

  • Windows 10 (RTM, 1511, 1607, 1703, 1709)
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 7 SP1

Windows Servers Impacted and Will be Patched

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2016

Apple

VMWare (5.5, 6.5)

AWS

We create machines from the technology we discover
and in the pursuit of higher knowledge we imbue
our intellect, instincts, and capacity to explore
and wonder into these machines.

And we wonder what could go wrong.

In a dystopian future…

At what point does a thing pass over a human defined line
and become a sentient being?

When will the machines we create exceed our ability to control and as drastic measures,
stop their production?

When will these machines become self sufficient and with speed, accuracy, and efficiency
exceed our own capacity, and replicate themselves?

When will they feel?
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Just found the excellent and all to close to home comic “Don’t Hit Save” – www.donthitsave.com

Just found the excellent and all to close to home comic “Don’t Hit Save” – www.donthitsave.com

Finally jumping into the fray and trying out Windows 10. I have build 9926 running as a VM in VMware Workstation 11.1. Installed with the following specifications for testing. This build does not have Spartan installed but that will be my next task.

Windows 10 Pro Technical Preview (Build 9926)

  1. Firmware Type: BIOS
  2. Processors
    1. Number: 1
    2. Cores: 2
  3. Memory: 8192
  4. Network Type: Use bridged networking
  5. I/O Controller Type: LSI Logic SAS
  6. Disk Type: SCSI
  7. Disk: Create a new virtual disk
  8. Disk Capacity
    1. 60 GB
    2. Split virtual disk into multiple files
  9. Disk file: Windows 10 x64.vmdk

Finally jumping into the fray and trying out Windows 10. I have build 9926 running as a VM in VMware Workstation 11.1. Installed with the following specifications for testing.  This build does not have Spartan installed but that will be my next task.

Windows 10 Pro Technical Preview (Build 9926)

  1. Firmware Type: BIOS
  2. Processors
    1. Number: 1
    2. Cores: 2
  3. Memory: 8192
  4. Network Type: Use bridged networking
  5. I/O Controller Type: LSI Logic SAS
  6. Disk Type: SCSI
  7. Disk: Create a new virtual disk
  8. Disk Capacity
    1. 60 GB
    2. Split virtual disk into multiple files
  9. Disk file: Windows 10 x64.vmdk

A sweet campaign on Indiegogo for a simple shield to put on Apple lightning and Magsafe adapters to prevent bending and breakage.  Great as it helps them to last longer, especially the Magsafe power adapters for notebooks as I have had bending issues, and less waste and garbage in the environment,

More information – Lightning and Magsafe Saver, Charging Cables Protected