Spectre and Meltdown Vulnerabilities

On the 3rd January Researchers released information on new security threats dubbed “Meltdown” and “Sceptre”. These threats affect Intel, AMD and ARM processors which affect PC’s, Mobiles, Tablets

While there have been no known instances of malicious use of these security vulnerabilities yet, it will be just a matter of time. A successful attack could read portions of protected, sensitive memory such as passwords and other information.

Multiple vendors within the industry have been rapidly developing ways to address the security problem, these range from Windows Updates, Application Updates and Firmware Updates.

Intel has already issued updates for the majority of processor products introduced within the past five years. By the end of next week, Intel expects to have issued updates for more than 90 percent of processor products introduced within the past five years

At the time of writing this there are some updates available to partially address this problem, with vendors releasing updates over the next few weeks. We will be monitoring the information on these threats over the coming weeks

To minimise any risk to you, we are recommending we deploy the updates that are currently available, and as further updates become available, apply these as well to minimise exposure to the threats.

As these Security vulnerabilities are serious, we deem the most effective approach is to ensure the updates are applied to your systems as and when they become available.


To book an engineer to reduce your risks, email support@wizard-it.co.nz or call 9735509