Unless you have been living under a rock on Mars, you should be worried whether your computer (macOS, Windows, Chromebook or Linux) is vulnerable to the latest security threat. The Spectre and Meltdown vulnerability affecting Intel chips. Well, there is a new simple-to-use tool, the Ashampoo Spectre Meltdown CPU Checker that scans your Windows PC and in a matter of seconds tells you whether it is vulnerable or not.
While the primary target of the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerability is the CPU, they also affect other software running on your system. That is why Mozilla, which produces desktop application (Firefox browser), had to release a patch (in record time) for its Mozilla browser. Though the chief threat lies in the operating system’s security (not so much on desktop application software), and as far as Windows is concerned, Microsoft has so far released an out-of-band patch.
The proper fix for this new vulnerability will be a firmware patch, which can only come from Intel and AMD among other chip makers. The updates should be availed to manufacturers, such as ASUS, MSI, and Gigabyte who makes motherboards.
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