Fixing the chip security holes Meltdown and Spectre will take a long, long time, but Linus Torvalds and Intel developers are slowly moving to answers for Linux.
Spectre and Meltdown are major design flaws in modern CPUs. While they’re present in almost all recent processors, because Intel chips are so widely used, Intel is taking most of the heat for these bugs. Nowhere has the criticism been hotter than on the Linux Kernel Mailing List (LKML). That’s because unlike Apple and Microsoft operating system developers and OEMS like Dell and HP, Linux programmers do their work in the open. But, when Linux and Intel developers aren’t arguing, they are making progress.
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Author: Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols