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Patton Makes Case for Building a Fence

January 18, 2018

By Paula Bernier, Executive Editor, TMC

It can be tough to keep up with all the hacks and security vulnerabilites on the digital frontier these days. But a couple that recently caught a lot of people’s attention were Meltdown and Spectre. That’s because these computer processor security bugs affect the vast majority of devices that exist today.

Devices based on Acorn RISC Machine, Advanced Micro Devices, Advanced RISC Machine, and Intel processors are at risk. Those are used in most computers and mobile devices. They also can be found in business solutions like telephony systems, session border controllers, and other VoIP hardware.

So, chances are excellent you’re impacted by Meltdown and Spectre in some way. But if you’re a Patton Electronics customer, there is some good news. Patton’s operating systems are not vulnerable to Spectre and Meltdown. Here’s why.

“Patton’s forward-thinking engineering team has built a fence around the Patton operating system,” the company explains. “That ‘fence’ prevents malicious users or third-party software from gaining access to the kernel.”

Patton – which sells telephone systems, SBCs, VoIP, and other communications and networking solutions – trumpeted this point in a recent press announcement.

World Wide Technology offers this additional insight on this recent security threat.

“Meltdown and Spectre are two different (but related) vulnerabilities found in almost all modern processors, affecting mobile devices, desktop and laptops, and servers,” World Wide Technology says. “They are the result of hardware architectures that allow user-space programs to read in-memory data that they wouldn’t normally be allowed to read. For instance, one user’s application could potentially access passwords or encryption keys from another running process. The vulnerabilities affect desktops and laptops, tablets, mobile phones, servers, and cloud server instances — pretty much everything.”

Edited by Mandi Nowitz


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