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This article discusses the impact of the recently disclosed processor vulnerabilities, named “Spectre” and “Meltdown,” for Windows customers. This article also provides resources to help keep your devices protected at home, at work, and across your enterprise.
Microsoft is aware of new hardware processor vulnerabilities that are named Spectre and Meltdown. These are a newly discovered class of vulnerability based on a common chip architecture that, when originally designed, was created to speed up computers. The technical name is “speculative execution side-channel vulnerabilities.” You can learn more about these vulnerabilities at Google Project Zero.