Meltdown and Spectre: A closer look at the recent CPU security flaws and how to protect yourself

Blog Post created by Christo.1 Employee on Jan 5, 2018

Design flaws in Intel, AMD and ARM processors made headlines and pushed Microsoft, Intel and others to quickly address the growing security concerns. The Redmond giant released yesterday an emergency update with kernel fixes to protect Windows users from the security flaw, highlighting that the security exploit is serious but hasn’t been actually used for now.

We’ve since learned that this “chipgate” is actually about two critical vulnerabilities in modern processors called Meltdown and Spectre. The Graz University of Technology, which contributed to these two discoveries has just published a dedicated website with lots of information on the security flaws. To start, here is what you need to know about Meltdown and Spectre: (continue reading here)