Author Topic: InSpectre - Check/Toggle your PC's defenses against Meltdown & Spectre[GRC.COM]  (Read 348 times)

Offline splerdu

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https://www.grc.com/inspectre.htm



Nifty little tool that checks if appropriate patches and/or BIOS microcode updates have been applied to yer system to protect against Meltdown/Spectre. Also gives the option to toggle mitigations on or off to get more system performance (like toggle off when gaming, toggle on before opening any sensitive files or doing online banking).
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  • This is a test of the emergency sound system....
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Offline Mr. Bungle

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Microsoft has also released a PowerShell validation script to check if your computer is protected from speculation side channel vulnerabilities.

https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/Speculation-Control-e36f0050

I tested my office desktop and here's what I got:



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Offline splerdu

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^ The problem with the script is that it's only immediately available if you're on W10 or Server 2016. Earlier versions require some fiddling with (installing WMF 5.1). If you have to do that, InSpectre is much smaller and easier to run.

If you're a sysadmin for a network though, SpeculationControl is probably better because you can make scripts to execute it remotely on a bunch of computers and pipe the output to a logfile.
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Offline ris

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vulnerable din ako sa spectre...

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i just read the text on the program.  it mentions that my windows has already "awareness" of the two vulnerabilities but my hardware is not updated for protection from them.  i guess im just stuck with this since my hardware is too old to have some updates against these vulnerabilities
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Offline Banhammer

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Thanks for this info @splerdu. I'm about to update my BIOS.

Offline Mr. Bungle

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There's a new Spectre variant in town. Fixes are on the way but will be disabled by default because Intel and MS believe that it has not been exploited in the wild yet and it carries a 2-8% performance penalty.