Meltdown & Spectre
Chaos of 2018
Who doesn't love the start of a fresh year? It brings New Year’s celebrations and resolutions. However, the start of 2018 was a bit different for IT administrators. Instead of focusing on new beginnings, they were forced to face chaos.
On January 3, 2018, a couple of processor chip vulnerabilities were discovered, and many were left scratching their heads about what these bugs actually entailed. These vulnerabilities, dubbed Meltdown and Spectre, were alien to the cyber world, as they didn't target any software bugs. Instead, they targeted hardware flaws in processors.
- 1 Billion+Infections
How it translates now?
Security researchers still regard Meltdown and Spectre as two of the most catastrophic vulnerabilities, as they affected nearly every single computer built in the last two decades. Both vulnerabilities have been addressed with a bevy of fixes and updates from chip manufacturers and OS vendors.
It's been a year since these vulnerabilities were discovered. Although Meltdown and Spectre haven’t cost organizations thousands of dollars like some of the more noteworthy ransomware attacks, these vulnerabilities have taught us a lesson: vulnerabilities come in all shapes and sizes, even with the rarest of exploitations.
As we look back at Meltdown and Spectre, one question remains: is your organization prepared to face whatever vulnerabilities might come its way? Following proactive measures like automated patch deployment is one of the best ways to address critical vulnerabilities in the coming years.