How do you protect against Spectre and Meltdown?
How to protect against Meltdown and Spectre. Because Meltdown and Spectre are hardware security vulnerabilities, not actual malware, they can’t be prevented by antivirus software. Instead, the best way to protect against them is to keep all of your devices, systems, and browsers updated.
Is Spectre a virus?
Spectre is the name for a whole class of vulnerabilities discovered in January 2018 that affected huge numbers of modern computer processors that rely on a performance feature called speculative execution.
Has Spectre been exploited?
Given the technical sophistication required to exploit Spectre and Meltdown, many organizations left these vulnerabilities unpatched to avoid reducing their machines’ capabilities. Three years later, a working exploit has been finally released and has caused the security community to return to that 2018 anxious state.
Who discovered Spectre and Meltdown?
Meltdown was discovered independently by Jann Horn from Google’s Project Zero, Werner Haas and Thomas Prescher from Cyberus Technology, as well as Daniel Gruss, Moritz Lipp, Stefan Mangard and Michael Schwarz from Graz University of Technology. The same research teams that discovered Meltdown also discovered Spectre.