Billions of Devices at Risk After Security Flaw

Jan 04, 2018

Billions of Devices at Risk After Security Flaw

BY Chris Brunau

Cybersecurity

Billions of users may be impacted by a new security vulnerability affecting countless devices. Researchers have recently uncovered two major vulnerabilities affecting processors on “nearly all of the world’s computers,” according to The New York Times.

The vulnerabilities, known as Meltdown and Spectre, could potentially give hackers the ability to steal memory contents of computers, including mobile devices, personal computers, and servers.

Google and Microsoft have already announced updates to protect against the flaw, and we can expect other vendors to follow suit shortly. While it has been widely reported the bug is unique to Intel, the company has released a statement that many different vendors are susceptible to the vulnerability.  

Datto has been closely monitoring developments with these vulnerabilities since information on them first became public, and has formed a special response team that is actively working on remediation planning. We are monitoring for industry guidance and our response team is awaiting vendor operating system kernel patches that address these vulnerabilities. We intend to expedite our qualification of these patches in order to ensure that we are able to address the issues, while continuing to ensure performance and stability of our products for our customers.

We will provide additional updates in the coming weeks and days to keep you informed of how our response efforts are progressing.

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