Just after a bright and hopeful ringing in of the New Year, January 2nd, 2018 came with an amazing, yet terrifying, report of two major processor (CPU) security vulnerabilities that affect virtually every computing device. The two CPU flaws – dubbed Meltdown and Spectre – are reported to affect CPU chips manufactured within the past 10 years by Intel, AMD, and ARM holdings. However, as more and more R&D and triage is being reported, it looks like Intel is truly the major owner and inventor of these processor bugs. And these bugs sting; if you are a user of a desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone, cloud service, etc, you are potentially vulnerable (which includes everybody).
As we all should know by now, a decade in the world of tech and computing might as well mean a Millennia. Let’s take a few minutes and dive into Meltdown and Spectre and learn what’s to come as vendors scramble to make and push updates to our precious computing devices.