IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - March 2018 - 8
IBM Patches for Spectre and Meltdown
The Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities have caused a justified amount
of concern regarding the security of processors. It's easy to see why: With
these two hardware bugs, memory of other programs is up for grabs. The
vulnerabilities can work on just about any device from mobile devices to servers, acquiring valuable information such as passwords and encryption keys.
Just as users have been quick to be concerned about their own systems, IBM has been even quicker to provide support. These vulnerabilities
are hard to distinguish from regular applications, so standard antivirus
shouldn't be trusted to detect or block an attack.
But IBM Power Systems* clients have access to a more dynamic
defense: Patches for both system firmware and OSes (ibm.co/2Dhf1WR).
POWER7*, POWER7+*, POWER8* and POWER9* platforms have protections available from FixCentral. Red Hat, SUSE and Canocinal offer OS
patches for Linux*. As of this writing, patches are expected for IBM i from
FixCentral and for AIX* from AIX Security. So far, most patches are requiring
a reboot to be effective. Because operations in the cloud are also at risk, IBM
applied patches to VSI cloud hosts worldwide between Jan. 5 and Jan. 8.
At the user level, it's important to prevent execution of unauthorized software or working with untrusted websites. Expert advice suggests that users
assume any type of execution carries the risk for an attack (bit.ly/2Bvg4Ay).
It's up to security teams to take a hard look at their assets and
determine which are vulnerable-and discover the necessary patches. Find
the latest patches from IBM online (ibm.co/2ng2RXh).
The Fan Experience
PHOTO COURTESY OF AMBSE
IBM is having a big hand in the ways players and fans will
experience Atlanta, Georgia's, Mercedes-Benz Stadium,
which opened last summer.
Fans who have questions about parking and transportation or just want to keep tabs on their favorite players will
be able to use the IBM Fan Experience application.
AMB Sports & Entertainment has been working with
IBM iX to design the immersive application that will even
enable fans to purchase food, find points of interest in the
building and submit reviews of their experience. Using
this app and staying connected online won't be a problem
for anyone in the stadium thanks to nearly 2,000 wireless
access points for Wi-Fi.
Those access points are part of the Unified Stadium
Technology Platform IBM has devised. The platform will
also be connected to over 2,000 monitors, 3,200 speakers
and a giant, 63,000-square foot HD Video Halo. Of course,
the state-of-the-art stadium comes complete with the
latest in Internet of Things (IoT) technology. IoT will play a
huge role in features such as lighting and security cameras
throughout the stadium.
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