CPU Vulnerabilities – Meltdown and Spectre

by Jennifer Kennedy.

The University is currently reviewing the impact of vulnerabilities branded Meltdown and Spectre by the cyber security industry and is assessing the patches which are becoming available to remediate them. There is no evidence that the flaws have been exploited anywhere yet but, as always, it’s important to use IT safely. Please take particular care when clicking on links, don’t open any suspicious attachments and avoid visiting unsecured websites.

For personal devices or home computers we advise, as always, to install patches and updates as soon as they are available. Bear in mind that this potentially affects all computer devices worldwide – phones, tablets, PCs and laptops, including Microsoft, Linux and Apple products.