Is Your Antivirus Blocking Microsoft's Chip Patch?

The Meltdown-Spectre patch will not be installed on PCs running the affected anti-virus products unless the vendor in question has added a registry value in the Windows configuration database, to show it's safe to update the system.

Intel has already issued updates for the majority of processor products introduced within the past five years. However, those solutions could significantly slow device speeds - anywhere between 5 percent and 30 percent, according to recent reports. We do know that the kernel page tables are being isolated from the rest of the OS, which is a major change from the way intel chips interact with Linux, Windows, and macOS.

The update's appearance still depends on the antivirus program that the user employs to protect the computer.

Actual details of the security flaws haven't been made public for fear that hackers may try to compromise devices.

To make the things even worse, Windows 10 won't let you uninstall Xbox app from the system in the usual manner.

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Microsoft was going to release an "Update 1" for Windows 8.1, but they changed their minds because they didn't want to promise there would be an Update 2. "We have not received any information to indicate that these vulnerabilities had been used to attack our customers", the Microsoft spokesperson added.

Security experts say it's not clear how frequently real-world attackers might attempt to exploit these flaws. In response to Google Project Zero's findings on Meltdown and Spectre, the company said that software updates or differences in the company's chip architectures lessen the risk to systems running on AMD processors.

"Intel is committed to product and customer security and is working closely with many other technology companies, including AMD, ARM Holdings and several operating system vendors, to develop an industry-wide approach to resolve this issue promptly and constructively".

UPDATE: Intel is rolling out patches for affected chips. If they are using Firefox, the version should be Firefox 57 at least. "After 3 rollbacks, found this tread so I don't feel totally stupid for having wasted most of my Sunday trying to 'fix' this now known to be un-fixable problem". Following good security practices that protect against malware in general will also help protect against possible exploitation until updates can be applied. It's arguably one of the most useful applications available at the Microsoft App Store, and that's hardly a complimentary statement. In other words, the iPad Pro is more affordable and offers more consistent performance. He is also fanatical about football which makes it all the more strange that he should support Stockport County. While on some discrete workloads the performance impact from the software updates may initially be higher, additional post-deployment identification, testing and improvement of the software updates should mitigate that impact.

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