Just 4% of business mobile devices are safe from Meltdown and Spectre – And nearly three-quarters are vulnerable to both chip flaws, research suggests | MeltdownJanuary 18, 2018 7:14 am Categorised in: Gadget News
Just 4% of business mobile devices are safe from Meltdown and Spectre, Apple | USA – New York, Spectre Just 4% of business mobile devices have been patched against the Meltdown and Spectre chip vulnerabilities that wreaked havoc across the tech industry at the start of the year.
The outfit’s report not only discovered that 96% of smartphones are still not patched against the threat, it also claimed 72% of devices are currently exposed to both attacks, despite tech giants Google and Apple deploying software fixes for their respective operating systems last week. That might have something to do with Bridgeway’s other claim that a further 24% of devices are likely to be vulnerable and currently impossible to patch due to their age. For these phones, Bridgeway warned, the only option remaining for an organisation is to replace them with new ones.
“This is because these OS versions and devices will be unsupported by their hardware and OS manufacturers and in these cases, the only option remaining for the organisation will be to replace the devices with new,” the security firm explained in a blog post. “Mobile devices, although equally at risk as traditional PCs and servers, may not have been top of the IT department’s priority patch list, but with increasing amounts of sensitive corporate data being stored and accessed from these devices, they should be,” added Jason Holloway, managing director of Bridgeway. “Mobile devices are the new target for hackers, who will be looking to exploit these flaws as quickly as they can. Organisations need to patch their mobile devices now, before they can be targeted.”,Just 4% of business mobile devices have been patched against the Meltdown and Spectre chip vulnerabilities that wreaked havoc across the tech industry at the start of the year., Meltdown, Spectre, Apple
The Meltdown flaw affects all systems running Intel x86 chips and is present across all popular operating systems, including Windows, Linux, and macOS, and have required an operating system (OS) update in order to fix it.
Congress has questioned chip manufacturers about their response to the flaws, calling them “glaring warning signs that we must take cybersecurity more seriously”.