• Meltdown & Spectre - Hardware Red Alert

    Meltdown & Spectre – Hardware Red Alert

    The vulnerabilities discovered by Google’s Project Zero (GPZ) on a set of flaws in CPU architectures that create two kinds of exposures were recently announced and took the hardware world by storm. While under embargo until next week, it is now known that the failings had been already reported by researchers to CPU manufacturers Intel, AMD and ARM since June 2017. We start the 2018 year of with what is probably one of the biggest findings in security vulnerabilities affecting past hardware, specifically, most Intel chip processors from around 1995 forward. That was the year where optimizations were put in place in the processors themselves to improve performance. Meltdown and…