Computer Chip Flaws: Meltdown and Spectre

Written by Jonathan Hunt

29 May, 2019

Two major security flaws in the microprocessors inside almost all computers across the world were discovered last week. A microprocessor, also known as a computer chip or a Central Processing Unit (CPU) , is the brain of a computer, processing the information and transmitting data signals. As well as PC’s, computer chips also run servers, supercomputers, mobile phones and tablets.

What are the computer chip flaws?

The two issues, called Meltdown and Spectre, could enable hackers to steal passwords, documents and other data from PCs, smartphones and servers. Meltdown affects nearly all Intel microprocessors which are used in the majority of PCs and computer servers. Spectre is more difficult for hackers to exploit than Meltodwn but also affects AMD and ARM microprocessors as well as Intel chips making it more pervasive.

What have we done to prevent the problem?

The good news is that we have obtained and successfully tested the latest patches/fixes from the relevant manufacturers which we have now installed on all our systems. As always, we will continue to monitor and regularly apply the latest patches as and when they are released and provide updates if the situation changes. Should you require any further information on the computer chip flaws or would like to know more about what we are doing to protect your data, please call 0161 358 1060 or get in touch via the contact page.