Thursday, January 4, 2018

The CPU catastrophe will hit hardest in the cloud

This week, two disastrous new processor vulnerabilities spilled out into the open — and the tech world is still coming to terms with the damage. The vulnerabilities, dubbed Meltdown and Spectre, affect nearly every processor made in the last 20 years. Meltdown is the immediate threat, with proof-of-concept exploits already available, but Spectre is much deeper and harder to patch, potentially leading to generations of more subtle exploits in the years to come. The result has left nearly every major technology company scrambling to protect themselves and their customers.

The focus so far has been on personal devices, with a flood of patches already available this morning, but many experts think the most severe damage is likely to come...

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