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How to Keep your device secure from Spectre and Meltdown bugs

How to Keep your device secure from Spectre and Meltdown bugs

While Nvidia said its GPUs are not flawed, it was updating its drivers because they interact with potentially vulnerable CPUs.

"They are not affected by these security issues".

SUSE announced the release of patches for recent SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) versions to address Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities.

According to commentators, the security flaws have helped reveal fundamental issues with processor designs over the past 20 years.

Nvidia has provided updates to GeForce, Quadro, and NVS driver software, as well as its Tesla driver software, and its GRID driver software.

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Following the early disclosure of the vulnerabilities now known as Meltdown and Spectre, which abuse performance-boosting speculative execution techniques in most modern central processors to gain access to otherwise-protected portions of kernel memory containing privileged information including passwords, Nvidia confirmed it was investigating the flaw.

When news of the flaws broke last week, the industry seemed to be caught off guard, despite the fact that they were going to publicly disclose the flaws on 9 January. The chip giant is now facing at least three class-action lawsuits over the matter.

"We have also measured performance on the same platform with Windows 7, a common configuration in the installed base, especially in office environments". When Intel made its first comments on the matter a week ago, it noted, "for the average computer user, should not be significant and will be mitigated over time". This update fixes the problem.

But Microsoft has said that its benchmarks prove otherwise, and says the slowdown from the fix will be worse for older PCs. In its second response the next day, Intel admitted "performance impact from the software updates may initially be higher" on some workloads, but the wording was still vague and confusing, the report added. Given that Intel says that the performance characteristics post-patch are similar to 8 gen Core architecture, we can also expect to see 10 percent or greater hits to JavaScript-heavy operations.

However it is reported in various media outlets that some organisations such as Epic Games, have publicly complained about the Meltdown patches impacting performance.