Update from Microsoft protects Windows 10 Mobile handsets from Meltdown and Spectre

Angelica Greene
January 9, 2018

Pixabay/geraltMicrosot has issued emergency updates to protect Windows 10 users from the "Meltdown" security flaw.

The initial reporter said after installing the update the PC only displayed the Windows logo and otherwise failed to boot. Further exacerbating the issue, as The Register notes, is that the update doesn't create a restore point, leaving some users without a way to roll back to a pre-patched state.

Android and iOS powered devices are certainly not the only mobile products that need protection from the current two bad boys of the security flaw world. The result will be a more secure, but - as Linux creator Linus Torvalds says - slower operating system. "Nothing going on", a user with the handle "Frustrated after KB4056892 on older AMD laptop" posted to the discussion thread on Sunday, adding that the system is running a version of McAfee anti-virus that is compatible with Microsoft's security fix.

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Microsoft has warned that its fix requires all anti-virus vendors to update their software to set a new Windows registry key, or else its security update won't work.

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According to a number of complaints on Microsoft's community forum, the problems are appearing on Athlon systems that received the update for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, labelled KB4056892.

Doing so will download the Windows 10 Upgrade tool and you can run this and follow the instructions to upgrade a Windows 7 or 8.1 device to the latest version of Windows.

"Microsoft has been working closely with antivirus software partners to ensure all customers receive the January Windows security updates as soon as possible".

Variant 3: "rogue data cache load" (CVE-2017-5754), Meltdown attack.

Not every Windows computer is receiving Microsoft's patch to address the "Meltdown" and "Spectre" vulnerabilities.

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