Google has published a list of all known Chrome OS devices, detailing which are currently vulnerable to Meltdown, and which require patching. The good news is most Chromebooks are either already safe from attack or have a fix on the way. However, a handful of devices are at risk.
Meltdown and Spectre are two new CPU exploits that have emerged recently. Tech companies are scrambling to release patches fixing these issues, but these updates could affect performance on Windows PCs. And before you Chrome OS users start acting smug, Chromebooks are affected too.
The Majority of Chromebooks Are OK
Unlike most vulnerabilities which only affect certain systems, Meltdown and Spectre are affecting almost everyone. And that includes Chrome OS users who are usually shielded from bugs which regularly hit Windows and macOS. Thankfully, the vast majority of Chromebooks are OK.
We know thanks to this list of Chrome OS devices Google has published on the Chromium wiki. It reveals which version of the Linux kernel each Chrome OS device is running, whether they’re vulnerable to Meltdown, and, if so, whether a fix is being rolled out.
When you’re done with your Chromebook, SIGN OUT OF IT. It only takes TWO CLICKS.
— Elle Chounlamountry (@ellllle17) January 11, 2018
There are five Chromebooks listed as EoL (End of Life), meaning they won’t receive a Meltdown patch. These are the Samsung Chromebook Series 5 and Series 5 550, the Cr-48, the Acer C7 Chromebook, and the Acer AC700. All other Chrome OS devices are listed as safe or soon-to-be safe.
Most Chromebook Owners Can Rest Easy
Google deserves credit for publishing this list. And with the exception of the five Chromebooks no longer supported because of old age, it’s all rather good news. Either your Chromebook is already safeguarded against Meltdown, or it’s scheduled to be made safe in the not-too-distant future.
Do you own a Chromebook? If so, is your make and model safe from Meltdown? Or are you one of the unlucky ones still using a device listed as EoL? If so, are you going to carry on as normal? Or is this reason enough to buy a new Chromebook? Please let us know in the comments below!
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