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Old 03-02-18, 17:15
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Default Password deleting - re Spectre and Meltdown

Hello again,

Following on from our previous posts about these big bugs, seems the most serious flaw for home users is the storage of passwords in memory that the hacker can get to.

So it raises the question when we go to a banking site and enter the passwords, when we close that session are the passwords in memory cleared or do we need to take action to remove them.

Seems CCleaner has a lot of unticked system areas that could be included to be cleaned , but do they cover the areas in question ?

Can those areas be overwritten by starting another program or would it be better to Restart or even Power Off after using the most important sites to be sure the passwords are not retained ??
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Old 03-02-18, 18:17
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Default Re: Password deleting - re Spectre and Meltdown

The vulnerabilities are due to memory leakage whereby malicious code can access memory that it should not have access to.

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So it raises the question when we go to a banking site and enter the passwords, when we close that session are the passwords in memory cleared or do we need to take action to remove them.
No, but the RAM area may be overwritten by other programs that you run next.

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Seems CCleaner has a lot of unticked system areas that could be included to be cleaned , but do they cover the areas in question ?
No. CCleaner wipes discs not memory.

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Can those areas be overwritten by starting another program
Yes.

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or would it be better to Restart or even Power Off after using the most important sites to be sure the passwords are not retained
Shutting down your computer wipes the memory
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