Both Meltdown and Spectre flaws allow a hacker to access the entire memory of a vulnerable computer. Passwords, log-ins, files cached by applications and other important sensitive data could be read by a hacker. To fix this chip-level security bugs, Intel worked with OS vendors to roll out the kernel patches. Linux and macOS have already received the patches last month. While Microsoft was previously expected to release a fix on the upcoming Patch Tuesday, due to the critical affects to Windows users, Microsoft is rolling out an emergent fix later in the day. From the Verge, the security update is set to automatically roll out to all Windows 10 desktops today but Windows 7 and Windows 8 users will get the patches via the Patch Tuesday update on January 9. Now Windows users can learn more about the patch updates from Microsoft here

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