CPU manufacturers and OS vendors recently announced several vulnerabilities in their products, known as "Spectre" and "Meltdown". The reported security vulnerabilities affect most microcomputer released as early as 1995.
“Meltdown” may permit an attacker, using third-party programs, to access the memory of other running programs.
“Spectre” breaks the isolation between different applications and allows an attacker to trick programs into leaking sensitive data.
Microsoft, which relies heavily on Intel processors in its computers, says that it has updates forthcoming to address the problem. "We’re aware of this industry-wide issue and have been working closely with chip manufacturers to develop and test mitigations to protect our customers," the company said in a statement. "We are in the process of deploying mitigations to cloud services and are releasing security updates today to protect Windows customers against vulnerabilities affecting supported hardware chips from AMD, ARM, and Intel. We have not received any information to indicate that these vulnerabilities had been used to attack our customers."
A website has been created to provide more information and updates on the vulnerabilities: