Linux 4.15: Good news and bad news about Meltdown and Spectre

Linus Torvalds released the next version of the Linux kernel and, while are things are better with the chip security problems Meltdown and Spectre, more work needs to be done.

Linus Torvalds, Linux’s primary creator, had good and bad news about the chip security problems Meltdown and Spectre. The good news is the lead up to the Linux 4.15 was „quiet and small, and no last-minute panics, just small fixes for various issues“. The bad news? „It’s not like we’re ‚done‘ with Spectre/Meltdown.“  On the Linux Kernel Mailing List (LKML), Torvalds explained, „The bulk of the 4.15 work is all the regular plodding ‚boring‘ stuff. And I mean that in the best possible way. It may not be glamorous and get the headlines, but it’s the bread and butter of kernel development, and is in many ways the really important stuff.“

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