If you’ve been following the saga this year of vulnerabilities discovered in CPUs used in most computers and smart devices, then you recognize the term ‘Meltdown’. It was coined to identify one of the vulnerabilities attributed to design flaws internal to many popular microprocessors. Now we can add a wildly popular smartphone to the list of affected devices – the Samsung Galaxy S7.
In a story from Reuters, it’s now been determined that the microprocessor used in the tens of millions of S7s sold worldwide also contains the Meltdown vulnerability and therefore can expose user data or trick applications into revealing confidential information.
Samsung said it introduced patches in January and July to protect S7 phones against Meltdown.
Is it a safe guess that other smartphones may also have the same problem? It’s not yet known but in the meantime make sure you keep your phone up to date – just in case.
Everyone stay safe out there!