Wednesday, January 17, 2018

ICS-CERT Publishes Meltdown Update #2

Today the DHS ICS-CERT published their second update for their control system security alert for the Meltdown and Spectre CPU vulnerabilities. The alert was originally published on January 11th, 2018 and updated on 1-16-18. The update provides links to three new vendor notification documtents:

Emerson (account required for login);
General Electric (account required for login, reference ID 000020832); and

The Schneider security notification has probably the most reasonable guidance that I have seen to date:

“Schneider Electric is actively monitoring vendor research into these vulnerabilities to determine appropriate actions to be taken. At the time of this publication, information is being updated rapidly and the impact of proposed mitigations and patches remains unclear. Many of the initial mitigations proposed by hardware and operating system vendors indicate a high level of potential performance impact, Schneider Electric recommends caution if mitigations or patches are applied to critical and/or performance constrained systems. If you elect to apply recommended patches or mitigations in advance of further guidance from Schneider Electric, we strongly recommend evaluating the impact of those measures on a Test & Development environment or an offline infrastructure.”

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