4th January 2018 Micro News Post

Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerability Update

Confirmation on your security and protection against Meltdown and Spectre, a CPU flaw from CPU vulnerability, that could relate to your hosting infrastructure

On Wednesday 3rd January 2018, researchers revealed serious flaws in modern processors that could affect practically every Intel computer released in the last two decades, and the AMD and Arm chips in desktops, laptops, tablets and phones - this is pretty BIG!

Thought-out Wednesday, it wasn't all bad news. The good news did come through that IntelAMD and Arm stated that they can fix the vulnerabilities with software patches (There was also some in denial with manufactures, about whether or not this vulnerability actually effected their hardware - but who cares).

Why does this effect you?

Not only does this likely effect some of your hardware (which is possibly in your pocket), but this may of also effected your/our websites hosting infrastructures, which are based within a UK Microsoft datacenter. Microsoft provided us with an update on our underlaying hardware at around midnight last night, highlighting that a majority of the Azure infrastructure had already been updated to address this vulnerability - GREAT NEWS!

As an extra precaution, I will also be running unscheduled system updates/patches throughout today to further protect your/our hosting infrastructures.

If you have any further questions relating to this update, please email me at hello@chriswatterston.com.

Thank you for your time.
Chris Watterston

If you wish to do so, you are able to read the full Microsoft update via, https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/securing-azure-customers-from-cpu-vulnerability/.