Here Is What You Need to Know About Meltdown and Spectre

January 4, 2018 Nick Campbell

Earlier this week, multiple vulnerabilities were released that affect nearly every modern server and desktop computer.  These are being known by the monikers as “Meltdown” and “Spectre”.  These vulnerabilities affect Liquid Web and many other service providers.  Since becoming aware of these vulnerabilities, Liquid Web has been working diligently to plan and implement the best resolution for our customers. Our security and development teams have been working with our vendors to deploy the required updates to mitigate vulnerabilities. 

So, what are these vulnerabilities? They are both hardware bugs that allow information being processed on a computer, or server, to be obtained by non-privileged programs. Normally, programs are prohibited from reading data in use by other programs. However, when exploited, “Meltdown” and “Spectre” allow this normally secret information to be read by any software that’s asking for it. “Meltdown” breaks the isolation between programs and the underlying operating system, while “Spectre” breaks the isolation between running programs.

Many modern operating systems have already announced or released patches to mitigate the risks of these vulnerabilities.  Based on the requirements of many, if not all, of these patches, it will be required to reboot affected customers’ servers.  We will be scheduling these reboots, and updating affected customers prior to them taking place.

Presently, we are continuing to monitor the situation for further information and will be updating our customers as more information becomes available. Our customers’ security and environments are a top priority, and we can assure you we have the best team working feverishly to fix these vulnerabilities in the least impactful manner.

Further status updates are available at:

The vulnerability announcement and applicable white papers are available at:

As always, if you have any questions regarding your account, please don’t hesitate to contact our support team, via chat or give us a call at 1.800.580.4985. We are happy to help! 

About the Author

Nick Campbell

Nick is the Senior Director of Security & Architecture at Liquid Web. He has over 16 years of experience in Technology and brings a wealth of knowledge and a strong understanding of data security to help safeguard our customers' environments.

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