SWAPGS attack: The Spectre-like flaw affecting Intel CPUs

Security researchers at Bitdefender have discovered a way of exploiting a flaw in Intel chips that could be used to steal passwords and encryption keys.

Smashing Security podcast #060: Meltdown, Spectre, and personal devices in the White House

The chips are down, as tech companies struggle to protect against the Meltdown and Spectre flaws. The White House is getting tough on leakers by banning personal devices from the West Wing. And someone has been embedding a Bitcoin wallet into their hand…

All this and much much more is discussed in latest edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by David McClelland.

Ouch! Microsoft’s Meltdown and Spectre security update bricks some AMD-powered PCs

There’s bad news and bad news for folks running Windows on an AMD-powered PC.

Until your anti-virus adds this Registry key, you aren’t getting any more Windows security updates

Anti-virus vendors have little choice. They will have to fix their products to fall into line, as customers won’t be satisfied with being blocked from receiving Microsoft security updates.

Apple fixes the Meltdown and Spectre flaws in Macs, iPhones, and iPads

Apple takes further steps to protect its customers against the Meltdown and Spectre processor flaws. Remember to apply the updates!

Spectre? Meltdown? F*CKWIT? Calm down and make yourself some tea

There is not much that consumers can do other than wait for security patches and mitigations to be released, and then apply them as a matter of priority.