Chrome OS 63 Brings Fixes for Meltdown and Spectre on the Pixelbook & Samsung Chromebook Pro/Plus
With the recent controversy surrounding the newly revealed Spectre vulnerability, there has been a lot of panic in the air due to uncertainty about the devices which are affected and the ramifications of fixing the issue. On Android, you’re protected if you’re on the January 5th security patch, as Google has been quick to push out a fix for devices. Chrome OS 63 has just been released, promising bug fixes and security improvements, which yes, includes fixes for both Meltdown and Spectre.
The fix is currently out on the Pixelbook, Samsung Chromebook Pro, and the Samsung Chromebook Plus. There is still a number of devices which haven’t received the upgrade to Chrome OS 63, such as the following:
- Acer Chromebook 11 (C740)
- CTL NL61 Chromebook
- HP Chromebook 11 G5 EE
- Mecer V2 Chromebook
It is currently unknown why these devices haven’t received the update yet, but it’s likely only a matter of time before they do. You can navigate to settings to check for the update on your devices, and hopefully, in the coming days, you’ll receive it. Currently, there is no known use of either Meltdown or Spectre in the wild, so you will have time to take the update. You’ll want to get it installed as soon as it’s available though before there are uses of either exploit in the wild. You can check out the official announcement down below.