How Microsoft is fighting against Meltdown and Spectre

Recently, Microsoft has protected an even greater number of Windows 10 versions against Meltdown and Spectre. However, certain antivirus software is still incompatible and remains a concern yet to be resolved.

In the world of cybersecurity, as soon as you patch a vulnerability, you’re usually good to go. However, this is not the case with Meltdown and Spectre, two of the most prolific cybersecurity threats of 2018. Getting things in order again could very well take months and doing so requires updates from multiple vendors.

Microsoft has joined in on the fight ­– as of the 13 February, Windows 10 users can download and install the much-needed updates, which are available for both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the operating system.

This is not the end of their efforts. In the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (version 1709), Intel microcode updates will become available. Certain devices are still incompatible with the update, particularly those that have an unsupported CPU. Attempting to install these updates on unsupported devices will result in an error message.

In related news, Microsoft reports that the vast majority of Windows devices now have compatible antivirus software installed. However, the company continues to collaborate with antivirus software providers to manage the risk of compatibility issues.

Before installing the updates, Microsoft needs to ensure that an antivirus compatibility check is made. If your antivirus software attempts to make an unsupported call into Windows kernel memory, an error could occur. It’s recommended to run the latest version of your antivirus software to avoid running into complications and other trouble.