Spectre of a Meltdown

Maybe James Bond can help to deal with the security issues.

In a week where the world’s eyes were supposed to be focusing on the exciting new gadgets and technologies coming out at CES 2018, it was news from past technologies that had the world reeling.

The public announcement of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities in a host of chips brought panic across the board — from chipmakers and software companies to end users.

Meltdown and Spectre are flaws that allow passwords and  sensitive data on chips to be read. This is a result of speculative execution, a way of predicting what users are likely to do next.

Affected chipmakers such as Intel and AMD are scrambling to provide software patched to plug these risky security loopholes.

However, some of these fixes are causing other problems. Intel reported up to 10 percent performance drop while a Microsoft Windows patch let to boot up issues for PCs with AMD chips.

 

GPU maker NVIDIA has declared that its GPUs are immune to the reported security issue.  It is updating its driver software to help mitigate the CPU security challenge.

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