Spectre and Meltdown processor security flaws – explained

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the Guardian – January 6, 2018

ISSUE: Meltdown is “probably one of the worst CPU bugs ever found”

IMPACT: could in theory steal your data

ISSUE: Spectre… is harder for hackers to take advantage of but is also more difficult to fix and is expected to be a bigger problem in the long term

IMPACT: potentially allows hackers to trick otherwise error-free applications into giving up secret information

IMPACT: Practically every computing device