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On January 3rd, 2018, researchers from Google, academic institutions, and private companies publicly revealed two security flaws - Spectre and Meltdown - that exist within nearly every Intel CPU built since 1995. The details of the vulnerabilities are outlined in CVE-2017-5715, CVE-2017-5753, and CVE-2017-5754.
AlienVault is aware of the issue and has been actively investigating the risk. As threat intelligence to help detect attacks against the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities is published - whether by AlienVault or through the Open Threat Exchange (OTX) - it will be immediately available to you.
Any exploit of this vulnerability requires the ability for local code execution, which is not possible without administrative access to USM Appliance, and so Spectre and Meltdown represent a low risk to our AlienVault USM customers.
Our recommendations are:
AlienVault will continue to monitor the situation closely and will carefully evaluate any relevant patches made available by Intel and Debian Linux.
Customers with any additional questions or concerns should reach out to AlienVault Support.