What about MELTDOWN and SPECTRE ?

What about MELTDOWN and SPECTRE ?

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Meltdown and Spectre are vulnerabilities in processors used in most modern computing devices, including desktop computers, phones and tablets, cloud infrastructure hardware, and Internet of Things (IoT) enabled devices.

What is Meltdown?

Intel x86 and some ARM-based processors are vulnerable to Meltdown, and the exploit is made possible by the way the operating system handles memory allocation.
By exploiting Meltdown, an attacker can gain access to protected memory used by the device’s operating system, or any memory on the device.
This can be used to look for passwords, cryptographic keys, or other sensitive information.

What is Spectre?

Spectre is an entire group of attacks that use the same hardware vulnerability with speculative execution.

“If malware families are equivalent to diseases, Spectre’s equivalent could be “limitless cell replication” – the way many diseases are harmful, but not the disease itself.”

Where Meltdown is a single vulnerability that can be patched in the operating system, Spectre is a fundamental problem with modern processors. Unlike Meltdown, the attack needs to be tailored to a specific program, not the operating system itself.

Are you protected?

Contact our Product Specialists at sales@kappadata.be to find out if your system is protected against intrusions.


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