Dr. StrangePatch or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying (about Meltdown and Spectre) and Love Security Advisory ADV180002

January 12, 2018

  Introduction 2018 truly is starting off with a bang: fundamental CPU flaws dubbed Meltdown and Spectre were found affecting pretty much all modern processors developed since the Pentium Pro (1995). These flaws root in two critical CPU features: Out of Order Execution and Speculative Execution, which are crucial for performance. Since this is an important feature and not a bug, it is inherently hard to fix. Furthermore, for performance reasons, speculative execution is almost always implemented in hardware, so “fixes”...

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