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7 Things You Need To Know About Spectre And Meltdown Security Exploits

Security researchers have discovered exploits that are being referred to as Spectre and Meltdown that chip giant Intel says impacts its own processors as well as those from AMD and ARM. Here are seven things you need to know about Spectre and Meltdown.

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ARM – Majority Of Our Processors Are Not Impacted

ARM Holdings – which makes processors for smartphones- said the "majority of ARM processors" are not impacted by Spectre and Meltdown.

That said ARM cautioned users that it is important to note that the exploits are dependent on "malware running locally which means it's imperative for users to practice good security hygiene by keeping their software up-to-date and avoid suspicious links or downloads."

ARM said the "cache timing side-channels" involved in the exploits are a well-understood concept in the area of security research and is not a new finding. "However, this side-channel mechanism could enable someone to potentially extract some information that otherwise would not be accessible to software from processors that are performing as designed," the company said.

 
 
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