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Beyond the Hype of Meltdown & Spectre: How to Patch, Fix or Replace Flaws & Bugs

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Since the major bugs of 2014, nothing has shaken hardware security so hard until the revelations around processors that hit at the start of 2018, dubbed ‘Meltdown’ and ‘Spectre’. Heartbleed and Shellshock demonstrated the challenges with wide-scale and real-time patching, but these issues had been dormant for decades and proved the impossibility of issuing replacements.

This disclosure led to fresh questions on how readily and easily patches can be applied when attackers are likely to be seeking and trading exploits for the vulnerabilities. This webinar will also consider the involvement of anti-virus registry keys, as well as dilemmas on how widespread the impact would be.

With this fresh awakening of hardware security realities, Infosecurity will take a closer look at the story behind the vulnerabilities and how patches can be applied. The webinar will analyse how Meltdown and Spectre happened in the first place, and if we should expect such legacy problems to come back and hit cybersecurity again in the future.

Key takeaways:

  • Are these issues overblown and unnecessarily causing companies to panic?
  • Why are issues like this suddenly a problem when they have been lying dormant for years?
  • Is patching enough of a defense in instances like Meltdown and Spectre?
  • Could recent events impact chip design in the future, and improve security and performance for multiple devices?

Speakers

Dan  Raywood

Contributing Editor, Infosecurity Magazine

Adrian Sanabria

Research Director , Savage Security

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