Meltdown and Spectre: Major Processor Chip Vulnerabilities Can Leave you Open to Attackers
This week has seen a major exploit come to light as 2 hardware vulnerabilities (Meltdown and Spectre) were widely reported in the media. They impact a large number of Intel, AMD and ARM computing processors.
We as a web hosting company are working hard to provide the best mitigation to these issues. However not all patches have yet been released and some updates are causing issues elsewhere not just with our UK and USA datacentres.
The Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities have caused web hosting companies to warn it’s clients of the potential exploits that could allow experienced attacker’s access to the computer’s memory via the Intel, AMD & ARM chips that’s inside almost all home office personal computers and Apple IPhones. This vulnerability is without doubt one of the worst kind of back door access to the processors memory bank in recent times making computers vulnerable from 1995 onwards with the exception of a very small few.
At the time of writing this post we are applying patches and updates on our UK and USA servers as soon as they are released but almost all web hosting companies are in the same situation, just waiting for the updates and advising customers to backup their data and use passwords that contain no persons names and use hard to crack types with all different letters and numbers, once we are fully patched and updated then we will advise to update your password again.
If you are one of our customers and wish to stay up to date please head over to our website and we will post any updates as and when we get them.