Meltdown & Spectre Security Alert

January 10, 2018

Recently-published articles have demonstrated a new class of cyber security vulnerabilities (dubbed "Meltdown" and "Spectre") that exist in most modern computer processors. The vulnerabilities could be leveraged by hackers to more easily exploit other security bugs and read the contents of your computer's memory (such as passwords).

You should be aware of these attacks because your computer and mobile devices are probably affected, but there is no need for alarm. This is a technical issue that will be addressed as software and operating system providers release updates which can then be installed on your computer and devices.

ITS has already begun patching and updating campus systems, servers, and UCSC managed desktop and laptop computers. If there is any action we need for you to take, additional communication/details will be provided.

Remember, the best protection from the new vulnerabilities is continuing to maintain good security practices – especially to ensure your operating system, browser, and antivirus software are kept up to date with the latest vendor software patches.

List of Meltdown and Spectre Patches and Updates

More Information: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/03/business/computer-flaws.html

For questions or concerns, please contact the ITS Support Center.