Overview of Meltdown and Spectre for CWRU
Reports appeared in the first week of January of two security hazards, called “Meltdown” and “Spectre,” caused by vulnerabilities in microprocessors. This is a report from UTech summarizing the basic issues and answering key questions for the CWRU community.
Meltdown and Spectre are processor-based hardware vulnerabilities that expose systems and private data to theft and exploitation. The risks are caused by the chips that run technology used by most, CWRU is at potential risk.
As there continues to be risks in the digital economy, proactively monitoring and responding to known security breaches is a recommendation for the entire CWRU user community.
As you know, the ransomware WannaCry situation has affected companies and organizations on a global scale. UTech continues to monitor the Windows Ransomware situation, it is important that the entire campus community is diligent about taking the needed steps outlined in the communication below to ensure the security of their computing resources. In addition, there has been a update from Microsoft that includes patches for obsolete operating systems (XP, 8,Server 2003). Please install the patches immediately—the link is below.
This is information for all Mac OS users related to the current Malware situation. If you are a MAC user, please take note of the following steps and information to ensure the integrity of your device: