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Update 1/11/2018:

Faculty and Staff with Windows devices on the GCN network: Updates to address the Meltdown vulnerability are now available from AppCat. These updates will be pushed to GCN-connected Windows devices on Friday, 1/19, at 5:30 p.m. But ITS recommends that you run them as soon as possible (see How do I install updates early?). ITS is still evaluating our response to the two variants of the Spectre vulnerability and will update this article at a later date.


Update 1/9/2018: Apple has released updates to address the Spectre vulnerability. ITS encourages users to apply updates to their UNCG-owned or personal devices as relevant:


{Original post: 1/5/2018 9:52am}

Major security flaws (“Meltdown” and “Spectre”) that affect nearly every modern computer processor were announced Wednesday (1/3/2018). Unlike typical software bugs, these vulnerabilities exist within the core hardware of the computer, the CPU. These vulnerabilities affect Windows, macOS and other computing operating systems, as well as mobile devices (iOS, Android, etc.).

Information Technology Services (ITS) is currently testing vendor recommendations to protect UNCG systems from these vulnerabilities. Fixes will be reviewed for quality and performance characteristics. Following the evaluation period, ITS will push these updates to UNCG Windows devices. If the updates need to be done outside of the normal monthly patching schedule, an additional ITS News article will be posted.

With respect to users’ personal devices, ITS recommends that you follow your vendor’s guidance regarding installing updates on your personal devices, including those running Windows, macOS, and mobile devices. Keeping personal devices up-to-date will better protect against the same threats UNCG is protecting against.

Read more about the Meltdown and Spectre security flaws:

 


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