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September 11th, 2019
Posted in Announcements
Security researchers have detected and reported on critical technology vulnerabilities referred to as to “Meltdown,” Spectre,” and “IOHIDeous” flaws in recent weeks.
Meltdown and Spectre involve Mac and PC computing devices, like laptops, desktops, and mobile devices that have chips made by Intel and other companies that, if exploited, could leave passwords and other sensitive data exposed via a memory leak.
The IOHIDeous flaw involves a defect in Mac operating systems that could allow an attacker to bypass administrator authentication without supplying the administrator’s password.
While these vulnerabilities affect a large number of devices, experts concede that exploiting these flaws would require a very high level of technical expertise and very specific circumstances. As of this moment, there is no evidence of active exploitations. Therefore, the risks are considered limited.
Nonetheless, technology manufactures and vendors have stated that they are working closely with each other and the public to develop, verify, and distribute an industry-wide approach to resolve these issues promptly and constructively.
As of January 5, 2018, some operating system and firmware patches have been released to address each of these vulnerabilities. Additional updates may be expected in the coming weeks.
Systems at Risk
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