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Hundreds Of Meltdown, Spectre Malware Samples Found In The Wild

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Mockingbird    2,567
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Security company Fortinet announced that it has found dozens of malware samples that have started taking advantage of the proof-of-concept (PoC) code for the Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws released earlier last month. The news comes at a time when chip makers and OS vendors are struggling to patch their customers’ systems due to the unforeseen issues the patches can cause.

 

Malware Makers Are Adapting Quickly

 

The security research team at AV-test uncovered 119 malware samples between January 7 and January 22 that were associated with the Meltdown and Spectre flaws. Fortinet analyzed these samples and discovered that all of them were based on the previously released PoC.

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/meltdown-spectre-malware-found-fortinet,36439.html

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goretsky    1,045

Hello,

 

As far as I know, all of these are proofs of concept, i.e., test pieces of code.  They are not fully-blown malware, but sample pieces of code you write to test a function. 

It is probably that various criminal gangs, corporate espionage and even nation-state intelligence agencies are closely examining Meltdown and Spectre, seeing if they have any use as a weapon, but so far nothing complete has shown up--just these snippets of code.

 

Regards,

 

Aryeh Goretsky

 

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