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Meltdown and Spectre Mitigation: 3 Practical Things to Do Now
#1
I found (and followed) a decent article that lets you see the status of your system with respect to BIOS & Windows patches for Meltdown and Spectre. Of 4 computers in my house none yet have Windows support or BIOS updates.

https://blog.barkly.com/meltdown-and-spectre-mitigation
Mark Stega
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#2
Of course doing those commands involves a lot of warnings about downloading NuGet from an untrusted source and whatnot, so I didn't really want to do that either.

BTW, they were saying that the likely danger is javascript in ads. How in the world could javascript possibly do a bunch of assembly language bit fiddling? It certainly sounds like that would be required to make use of this security hole.
Dean Roddey
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#3
I assume ad blocker is probably a good thing in these situations as well, to at least limit the ads that get displayed? I'm sympathetic to the site owners, but I really don't feel like I should be exposed to third parties just because I access their site. If they want to host ads and load them from their own domain, then presumably they don't get blocked by ad blocker, right? Hopefully legit sites would make some effort to vet those, hopefully.
Dean Roddey
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