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MI­CROSOFT RE­LEASES EMER­GENCY PATCH AF­TER IN­TEL ROLLS ITS LAT­EST ONE BACK.

TechLife Australia - - CONTENTS - [ DAN GAR­DINER ]

IN JAN­UARY, THE dis­cov­ery of se­ri­ous flaws in the de­sign pro­ces­sors used in mil­lions of de­vices around the world had both chip-man­u­fac­tur­ers and soft­ware-mak­ers scram­bling to re­lease patches to counter the threats. Al­though In­tel re­leased up­dates and promised that all its de­vices would see fixes rolled out by the end Jan­uary, the com­pany’s most re­cent patch for Spec­tre em­bar­rass­ingly had to be rolled back be­cause of re­boot is­sues. “I apol­o­gise for any dis­rup­tion this change in guid­ance may cause,” said Neil Shenoy, In­tel’s Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent, in a state­ment.

Soon af­ter In­tel’s pub­lic with­drawal of the patch, Mi­crosoft re­leased its own stop-gap up­date for Win­dows, which is de­signed to mit­i­gate Spec­tre bugs un­til In­tel comes up with a fix that works.

Mean­while, se­cu­rity firms are re­port­ing that there are al­ready hun­dreds of pieces of non­func­tional Spec­tre and Melt­down mal­ware cir­cu­lat­ing, which seem to be prob­ing the ex­ploits — test runs, it’s likely, to be fol­lowed by more se­ri­ous and ‘armed’ mal­ware that could do real dam­age. Get your gear patched wher­ever pos­si­ble, reader.

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