Meltdown, Spectre vulnerabilities and Norton

Recently, two critical vulnerabilities were discovered in modern processors. Dubbed "Meltdown and Spectre," these processor chip vulnerabilities are found on personal computers, mobile devices, and in the cloud.

These hardware vulnerabilities can potentially allow programs to steal data which is currently being processed on the computers' chip. While programs are typically not permitted to read data from other programs, a malicious program can exploit Meltdown and Spectre to get hold of secrets stored in the memory of other running programs. This might include passwords that are stored in a password manager or browser, personal photos, emails, instant messages, and even documents containing personal information. For more information, read Meltdown and Spectre: Chip Vulnerabilities Could Facilitate Memory Leaks.

As a Norton subscriber, Norton helps protect you

Norton can help you protect against some instances of this threat. If you run into any issues installing patches, you should Run LiveUpdate to make sure that your Norton product definitions are up to date first, and then apply operating system patches immediately afterwards. Patches have already been released for Microsoft Windows, Apple macOS, and Linux to patch Meltdown.

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DOCID: v125743886_EndUserProfile_en_us
Operating System: Windows
Last modified: 01/18/2018