AMD and Intel Chipset Vulnerabilities & Exploits: March 2018 Update

Hardware
Author: ShadowSherlock Editor: Devon Ackerman UPDATE: March 2018 It seems we are nearing the end of the Spectre/Meltdown issues from a patch availability stand point. INTEL Patches for older versions of Intel Chipsets has been released - Haswell (4th-generation) and Broadwell (5th-generation). The performance hit will be about 10% to 20% for real world applications. Intel has also promised updates for the last generation of Core2 Duo chipsets. All microcode updates are now being deployed by Windows updates, so as long as they are performing Windows patching this should not be too big of an issue. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4090007/intel-microcode-updates Hardware changes to “fix” the vulnerability will first appear in the Cascade Lake processors which will start shipping in Q3 ’18. https://newsroom.intel.com/editorials/advancing-security-silicon-level/ AMD Specifically to address Spectre/Meltdown, Microsoft will also be issuing them…
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Digital Forensics & CPUs

Hardware
Reprinted with permission as originally written by Mark Vogel of F.A.S.T Forensics.   Kind of a book here but there's a LOT going on in the processor market right now between Intel & AMD, so there's a ton of information and considerations between the two now.   I have done a couple Ryzen builds since the release of the Ryzen 7 CPUs earlier this year to test out.  The chipsets for this platform seem to have finally matured as the most recent BIOS updates resolved a long ongoing issue with properly clocking faster RAM models to their factory spec for speeds of 2666MHz and higher.  This is actually important for Ryzen as the CPU does benefit more from faster memory than most Intel platforms, so running DDR4 3200 memory does…
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