Here’s how the Spectre CPU flaw affects mobile devices

spot_img

By now you might have heard about the trending Meltdown flaw, a kernel bug in Intel’s processors which brings in major security issues. And in case you haven’t, make sure you give it a read here first.

Along with Meltdown there is also a “branch target injection” bug called Spectre that affects mobile ARM processors that are present in all iOS and most Android devices.

It was Google’s Project Zero team that revealed the Spectre bug as they investigated further into CPU security and they have already rectified the issue with their Pixel phones, Nexus 6P and 5X, and the Pixel C tablet as an OTA security patch.

Now you might be wondering, what about your non-Google phone? Well for starters, some newer flagship phones (S8 and Note 8) have already been updated, and other OEMs including Apple, even though they have been silent on the issue, should be rolling out updates soon.

However, there are many older phones that would still be vulnerable and a hacker could extract personal info from an otherwise safe app on your phone. But there is not much to worry about since the attacker would need access to your unlocked phone as Spectre can’t be triggered remotely. Even Google claims “Exploitation has been shown to be difficult and limited on the majority of Android devices”.                                                                    Note: Google Home and WiFi are unaffected by the Spectre bug.

Shayan
An avid technology enthusaist. From smartphones and computers to pagers and calculators, I love learning and sharing about everything technology.

Leave a Reply

Latest posts

Dirty Laundry in Space? NASA is Sending Tide Detergent to Space

What about laundry in space? Tide detergent is partnering with NASA to find a laundry solution to help keep astronauts’ clothes fresh in space. Find out how.

Poco F3 GT with 120Hz AMOLED, Dimensity 1200 and 64MP Camera Launched in India – Starts at Rs. 25,999

Poco today announced the much-awaited Poco F3 GT, successor to 2019's Poco F1. Like every other Poco smartphone, the F3 GT is also a...

Deep-Sea Robots Launched by Titanic Discoverer Bob will Help Find Millions of Shipwrecks

Titanic discoverer Bob Ballard, a marine archaeologist, is creating a new class of deep-sea robots that will transform the search for lost shipwrecks.
Advertisment

Loading Next Article