Spectre processor flaw
CNN Tech has the best video about the issue. Click on it and get a quick overview.
If you would like something a bit more technical, but readable, melddown.com has the information you are looking for.
Ever wonder what would happen in a secure facility if all of the keys were compromised and anyone could enter or leave at any time without any security? You don’t really need to think about it, you are now living it.
Enhanced details about the security issues have confirmed the worse case scenarios. Intel and AMD are affected. Pretty much any chip made in the last fifteen years is vulnerable. There are two attacks, Meltdown and Spectre. Meltdown is exclusive to Intel.
Since Spectre affects computers, cellphones and God knows what else, we will concentrate on it. Put simply, a design decision 15 years ago, that sped up processing, is now a major hardware vulnerablity. Want to fix it, you just need to change the physical design of the processor. No, I am not kidding. If you own a computer purchased in the last fifteen years, you are vulnerable.
If you wonder who knew what when, know that the Intel CEO sold his stock in November!
I can not emphasize this enough. Backup, backup, backup, and yes, backup. The only way to approach this disaster is with a flexibility. I believe that the patch will be the death of a thousand cuts. In addition to dealing with Spectre, computer users and professionals will be forced to deal with a “patch” that will undoubtably add all new nightmares of its own.
We are living in interesting times!
Meltdown processor flaw