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Microsoft enabled Retpoline mitigations against the Spectre Variant 2 for Windows 10

Microsoft started rolling out a new software update for Windows 10 systems to apply mitigations against the Spectre attacks.

Over the weekend, Microsoft started distributing software updates for Windows 10 systems to enable the Retpoline mitigations against Spectre attacks.

In January 2018 security experts at Google Project Zero disclosed Meltdown and Spectre side-channel attacks that impact most modern processors, including those from Intel, AMD, and ARM.

The Meltdown attack (CVE-2017-5754) could allow attackers to read the entire physical memory of the target machines stealing credentials, personal information, and more. The Meltdown exploits the speculative execution to breach the isolation between user applications and the operating system, in this way any application can access all system memory.

The Spectre attack (CVE-2017-5753 and CVE-2017-5715) allows user-mode applications to extract information from other processes running on the same system. It can also be...(continued)

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