NEW YORK, NY – As the title suggests, you should both Beware, and “Be Aware” of these new security vulnerabilities that effect pretty much every Intel processor since 1995. I say “Be Aware” because although their patches available, there is not much that can be done to fully mitigate this issue until all or most computer hardware is redesigned. This is bad news because everyone is effected, and all computers are going to need to be replaced, it seems.
Meltdown and Spectre are bugs in modern computers leak passwords and sensitive data.
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. 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.