Meltdown/Spectre attacks: “InSpectre” is an easy to use, designed to clarify the many overlapping and confusing aspects of any Windows system’s ability to prevent the Meltdown and Spectre attacks.

screenshotEasily examine and understand any Windows
system’s hardware and software capability to
prevent Meltdown and Spectre attacks.

In early 2018 the PC industry was rocked by the revelation that common processor design features, widely used to increase the performance of modern PCs, could be abused to create critical security vulnerabilities. The industry quickly responded, and is responding, to these Meltdown and Spectre threats by updating operating systems, motherboard BIOSes and CPU firmware.

Protection from these two significant vulnerabilities requires updates to every system’s hardware–its BIOS which reloads updated processor firmware–and its operating system–to use the new processor features. To further complicate matters, newer processors contain features to minimize the performance impact of these important security improvements. But older processors, lacking these newer features, will be significantly burdened and system performance will suffer under some workloads.

This InSpectre utility was designed to clarify every system’s current situation so that appropriate measures can be taken to update the system’s hardware and software for maximum security and performance.

via GRC | InSpectre