Intel’s CPU vulnerabilities: Meltdown and Spectre

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Mattias Geniar, January 04, 2018

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The short version: every Intel CPU since 1995 has a vulnerability that could compromise a server or a hypervisor.

Meltdown and Spectre exploit critical vulnerabilities in modern processors. These hardware bugs allow programs to steal data which is currently processed on the computer. While programs are typically not permitted to read data from other programs, a malicious program can exploit Meltdown and Spectre to get hold of secrets stored in the memory of other running programs.

This might include your passwords stored in a password manager or browser, your personal photos, emails, instant messages and even business-critical documents.Meltdown and Spectre work on personal computers, mobile devices, and in the cloud.

Depending on the cloud provider’s infrastructure, it might be possible to steal data from other customers.

Source: Meltdown and Spectre