Security company Fortinet announced that it has found dozens of malware samples that have started taking advantage of the proof-of-concept (PoC) code for the Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws released earlier last month. The news comes at a time when chip makers and OS vendors are struggling to patch their customers’ systems due to the unforeseen issues the patches can cause.
Malware Makers Are Adapting Quickly
The security research team at AV-test uncovered 119 malware samples between January 7 and January 22 that were associated with the Meltdown and Spectre flaws. Fortinet analyzed these samples and discovered that all of them were based on the previously released PoC.
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Looking at new computers, but don't want to get one until the hardware bug is fixed.
I think I read somewhere the bug in the hardware would be solved in 2 q 2018..
The question is will the existing CPU's be pulled off the shelves.. the old ones are still being sold.
How urgent is it for you to get / replace your system.. that's the real question.
I know if I were looking, I'd wait until I knew the new CPU's were available and I could prove I was getting a "fixed."
There's usually a mtg "build" date on the CPU and when the "fixed" CPU's we'll know what to look for.
But, that's just my take on it.
A friend had just asked a few days ago about purchasing a replacement desktop PC to upgrade an existing outdated machine. My advice was the same; to wait for the new redesigned CPUs without the vulnerabilities. No sense in spending good money for something that's defective out of the box.
I can wait. Wasn't sure how long it would be.
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