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Linus Torvalds Calls Intel Patches 'Complete and Utter Garbage'
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An anonymous reader writes: On the Linux Kernel Mailing List, Linus Torvalds ended up responding to a long-time kernel developer (and former Intel engineer) who’d been describing a new microcode feature addressing Indirect Branch Restricted Speculation “where a future CPU will advertise ‘I am able to be not broken’ and then you have to set […]

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Intel, Microsoft, Google Scramble for Solutions as Patches Slow Systems
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Major tech companies, including Intel, Microsoft and Google, scrambled to calm the mood this week after a large number of computer users reported performance problems linked to security updates for the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities. A firestorm of criticism has erupted over the response to the chip flaws, which researchers at Google’s Project Zero discovered […]

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Intel is having reboot issues with its Spectre-Meltdown patches
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 It hasn’t been a fun time to be Intel. Last week the company revealed two chip vulnerabilities that have come to be known as Spectre and Meltdown and have been rocking the entire chip industry ever since. This week the company issued some patches to rectify the problem. Today, word leaked that some companies were […]

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Microsoft patches Windows XP to fight 'WannaCrypt' attacks
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Microsoft officially ended its support for most Windows XP computers back in 2014, but today it's delivering one more public patch for the 16-year-old OS. As described in a post on its Windows Security blog, it's taking this "highly unusual" step aft…

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Intel patches remote code-execution bug that lurked in chips for 10 years
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Enlarge (credit: Intel) Remote management features that have shipped with Intel processors for almost a decade contain a critical flaw that gives attackers full control over the computers that run on vulnerable networks. That’s according to an an advisory published Monday afternoon by Intel. Intel has released a patch for the vulnerability, which resides in […]

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Microsoft Says Previous Windows Patches Fixed Newly Leaked NSA Exploits
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Microsoft said it has already patched vulnerabilities revealed in last week’s high-profile leak of suspected U.S. National Security Agency spying tools, meaning customers should be protected if they’ve kept their software up-to-date. From a report: Friday’s leak caused concern in the security community. The spying tools include about 20 exploits designed to hack into old […]

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St. Jude Medical Patches Cardiac Machine's Cybersecurity Flaw
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Medical device maker St. Jude Medical on Monday began deploying software designed to protect its remote monitoring system for implantable pacemaker and defibrillator devices. The move came on the heels of the U.S. food and Drug Administration’s warning that the company’s Merlin@home Transmitter contained vulnerabilities that could be exploited by hackers. Merlin@home wirelessly communicates with […]

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Cisco Patches Authentication, Denial-of-Service, NTP Flaws In Many Products
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itwbennett writes: Cisco Systems has released a new batch of security patches for flaws affecting a wide range of products, including for a critical vulnerability in its RV220W wireless network security firewalls. The RV220W vulnerability stems from insufficient input validation of HTTP requests sent to the firewall’s Web-based management interface. This could allow remote unauthenticated […]

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BlackBerry Will Be Quicker With Android Security Patches For Its Priv
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BlackBerry users will indeed have a lot to brag about even compared to their friends and colleagues with Samsung or Motorola smartphones as the company has given out the details as to how it plans to handle security patches and updates. Indeed, the BlackBerry Priv smartphone does ship with Android Lollipop inside, but BlackBerry in […]

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