Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities

As you may be aware, recently Intel announced that a number of vulnerabilities had been found in some of their CPU’s, named Meltdown and Spectre.  The CPU’s that are implicated can be found in the majority of modern IT equipment, including laptops, desktops, servers and even some smart phones.  Below are some links to detailed information on each set of vulnerabilities:

The potential impact of these vulnerabilities is that attackers could be able to retrieve sensitive information normally protected by the hardware itself, allowing them to access data including passwords or other information. We heavily advise all our clients to protect themselves from these new vulnerabilities by performing the following tasks:

  • Ensure all operating systems are fully patched and up to date*
  • Anti-virus should be installed on all systems, and updated regularly
  • Browsers (e.g. Edge, Firefox, Safari…) should be up to date

*Please note that for Microsoft, the critical patches WILL NOT be downloaded and installed unless a compatible anti-virus solution is installed or a manual change to the Windows registry is applied.  See here for more details: Microsoft statement for Meltdown and Spectre and anti-virus.

For Microsoft patches please see the links below for more details:

For the updates of the patch availability, Microsoft are updating this page regularly.

UPDATE: Reports of fake Spectre patches containing malicious code are passing around the Internet.  Please ensure to only download patches and updates from official sources, and avoid installing any applications from unknown locations.

For browsers please see the following:

For more detailed information on different solutions and vendors, please see below:

If you have any questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to contact our support team: