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    Default Update of ZA before updating Win7 for Meltdown and Spectre bugs

    Hi...since the news re Meltdown etc, I can't see any mention of it on ZA website, or in this forum. I was expecting to see advice and info regarding the Reg key addition and especially, details of new release dates. The Download page release notes still say last April. There is also an ongoing web link that displays a list of AV vendors who've addressed the issue, which also shows whether the Reg Key is manual or not. There is no mention of CHECKPOINT, ZA there either. ...
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/184wcDt9I9TUNFFbsAVLpzAtckQxYiuirADzf3cL42FQ/htmlview?sle=true#gid=0

    However, Live Chat supplied me with a link to a new version. 151.522.17528 which is also not mentioned as available .

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    Default Update of ZA before updating Win7 for Meltdown and Spectre bugs

    Hi,
    I see that Microsoft and Intel are ready to (or will soon) release patches for the Meltdown and Spectre bugs.

    However, Microsoft insists that antivirus/firewall software must be updated before to avoid blue screens and other problems.

    Where do we stand with ZA ? Is it safe to update (last updates of early January) when running ZA as follows:

    ZoneAlarm Extreme Security version: 15.1.501.17249
    Vsmon version: 15.1.501.17249
    Driver version: 15.1.29.17237
    Antivirus engine version: 8.7.1.99
    Antivirus signature DAT file version: 1277896032
    Anti-Spam version: 6.4.3.2155

    Regards,

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    Default Re: Update of ZA before updating Win7 for Meltdown and Spectre bugs

    Quote Originally Posted by ptulkens View Post
    Hi,
    I see that Microsoft and Intel are ready to (or will soon) release patches for the Meltdown and Spectre bugs.

    However, Microsoft insists that antivirus/firewall software must be updated before to avoid blue screens and other problems.

    Where do we stand with ZA ? Is it safe to update (last updates of early January) when running ZA as follows:

    ZoneAlarm Extreme Security version: 15.1.501.17249
    Vsmon version: 15.1.501.17249
    Driver version: 15.1.29.17237
    Antivirus engine version: 8.7.1.99
    Antivirus signature DAT file version: 1277896032
    Anti-Spam version: 6.4.3.2155

    Regards,
    Here is Response from Helpful Hints and Tips section..

    https://www.zonealarm.com/forums/sho...Available-quot

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    Default Re: Update of ZA before updating Win7 for Meltdown and Spectre bugs

    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeV View Post
    Here is Response from Helpful Hints and Tips section..

    https://www.zonealarm.com/forums/sho...Available-quot
    Thank you. I actually also contacted ZA via chat and they pointed out that my ZA (version: 15.1.501.17249) was a bit outdated and suggested to download and install first the last version of ZA from http://download.zonealarm.com/bin/fr..._522_17528.exe (this is supposed to be version 15.1.522.17528). Is this OK ?

    For your information:
    a) the ZA "last version" web site https://www.zonealarm.com/software/r...tory/zass.html show only version 14.1.057.000 as "last version" in its History
    b) when hovering the mouse on the big button "Upgrade now", the link is http://download.zonealarm.com/bin/fr..._501_17249.exe, which is my current version ...

    So, what should we do ?
    Last edited by ptulkens; 6 Days Ago at 12:27 AM.

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    Default Re: Update of ZA before updating Win7 for Meltdown and Spectre bugs

    I guess you should trust the ZA staff at the support service and use this new version. Probably the zonealarm website has not been updated (as the forum).

    Thanks,
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    Default Re: Update of ZA before updating Win7 for Meltdown and Spectre bugs

    I've had a chat with the ZA support a few days ago about the same topic and I've received an answer that could shed a bit of light on it: the operator told me that version 15.1.501.17249 is still perfectly fine and the update to allow the installation of the OS-side vulnerability fix had been dispatched through the AV definitions update. He added that the .522 version is just a minor update for those facing definition-updating issues and there was no need to install it unless experiencing them. Maybe that's why they didn't bother to update all the links and pages.
    Hope it will help.

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