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

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Intel Encourages Customers To Utilize Automatic Update

Intel is encouraging "computer users worldwide to utilize the automatic update functions of their operating systems and other computer software to ensure their systems are up-to-date."

The company said the system updates are being made available by system manufacturers, operating system providers and others.

"We have begun providing software and firmware updates to mitigate these exploits," said Intel in a document on the security exploits. "End users and systems administrators should check with their operating system vendors and system manufacturers, and apply any updates as soon as they are available."

Intel said that for "malware to compromise security" using Spectre and Meltdow it must be running locally on a system. "Intel strongly recommends following good security practices that protect against malware in general, as that will also help protect against possible exploitation," Intel said.

Intel said that many operating system vendors, public cloud service providers, device manufacturers and others have indicated that they have already updated their products and services.

"Our approach to mitigation is that we look at this and we want to provide for Intel platforms the most comprehensive approach that we can such that we will offer the highest level of security for our users on Intel platforms," said Intel's Smith.

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