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Meltdown, Spectre Likely Just Scratch the Surface of Microprocessor Vulnerabilities
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BrianN060
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BrianN060,
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1/10/2018 | 6:03:57 PM
Still just vulnerabilities
As bad as these out-of-sequence execution vulnerabilities are (and might prove to be), we saw more than enough monsterously bad cybersecurity breaches in 2017 - without the help of Meltdown, Spectre or any follow-on scenarios. 

We need something better than just chasing down vulnerabilities and patching, to approach any acceptable level of cybersecurity.  
PatrickH94102
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PatrickH94102,
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1/9/2018 | 8:09:34 PM
Re: Another thing to consider
Yup BIOS updates have been a mostly ignored / de-prioritized security risk.  Some new security companies such as Eclypsium are working on BIOS integrity and version reporting & updating for enterprises.
REISEN1955
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REISEN1955,
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1/9/2018 | 1:09:33 PM
Re: Another thing to consider
Fortunately most BIOS updates are now operating system - installable items.  I remember the dead, long dead days of Compaq Deskpro with 3.5" floppy disk updates and heaven forbid you interrupt the BIOS load --- dead machine if you do that.  
Kelly Jackson Higgins
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Kelly Jackson Higgins,
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1/9/2018 | 10:49:36 AM
Re: Another thing to consider
Firmware updates are going to become a much bigger issue for IT and security folks now for more than just IoT devices. And servers obviously are a priority, so it's going to be interesting.
REISEN1955
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REISEN1955,
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1/9/2018 | 10:45:24 AM
Another thing to consider
BIOS - How many IT professionals regularly update the BIOS of their office systems?  My estimate is easy: never and knowing the threat landscape, there HAS to be vulnerabilities there as well. 


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