Microsoft are now pushing out an update to mitigate some of the security issues that Meltdown takes advantage of, but there is a small problem. KB4056892 may cause your machine to BSoD depending on the anti-virus software you use so it is not recommended you install the update manually. Windows Update looks for a registry entry on your machine, which indicates your AV software has updated and is compatible with the patch, so far Symantec, F-Secure, Avast, and Windows Defender have all updated. If you are curious, The Register has posted the key in this story so you can check for yourself if you are ready to update and make the change if not.
It is something you should be doing soon, as this is a serious vulnerability which is only somewhat mitigated by the patch but at least this attack will not be successful.
"Microsoft has released updates for Windows to block attempts by hackers and malware to exploit the Meltdown vulnerability in Intel x86-64 processors – but you will want to check your antivirus software before applying the fixes."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- When F00F Bug Hit 20 Years Ago, Intel Reacted the Same Way @ Slashdot
- Quick Facts about Meltdown and Spectre @ [H]ard|OCP
- Samsung topples Intel as semiconductor top dog, but lead 'literally built on sand' @ The Register
- Scaling Raven Ridge with David Kanter: The TR Podcast 191
- Intel facing multiple class-action lawsuits over Meltdown' and 'Spectre' chip flaws @ The Inquirer
- Wine Takes Minor Performance Hit Running Windows Programs On Linux With KPTI @ Phoronix
- HP recalls even more laptop batteries because, you know, fire @ The Inquirer