Spector MeltdownSpector makes me have a Meltdown, really every current processor manufactured by Intel? I first heard about this vulnerability from an industry group that sends out, well information on hacks, and other specific susceptibilities, liabilities, and weaknesses. I suppose most our business revolves around Word Press; it is after all about 35% of all the sites on the internet today. Don’t get me wrong; this is not a Word Press problem. The industry-centric group where I first heard about this vulnerability was Word Fence; a very reputable team of dedicated professionals striving for the protection of anything Word Press.

Intel, AMD, and ARM

All have been proven to have the Spector Meltdown flaws. Google project ZERO described it this way:

“We have discovered that CPU data cache timing can be abused to efficiently leak information out of mis-speculated execution, leading to (at worst) arbitrary virtual memory read vulnerabilities across local security boundaries in various contexts.”

What does this mean?Spector and Meltdown

 Spector makes me Meltdown, eclipses other breaches. What this means is that there is a fundamental timing problem between the kernel and the CPU memory application or execution. In the end, it is a “speculative” timing flaw or problem. It arises when there is a presumptive processor execution.

It apparently has been built into all core CPU chips since the mid-1990’s There is nobody point to anyone, or saying it was malicious, or nefarious in nature. In fact, many reputable people have been aware for some time a little while. Still, the Spector makes me Meltdown.

In Conclusion

Spector makes me Meltdown“Spector makes me Meltdown” is an appropriate title for this blog. How often do we need to hear about gaps, or holes like this until we all pay attention? My company will in the coming few months have a conversation with every one of my client concerning security.

It is no longer an issue of “if” but “when” My personal credit cards were breached this last November. I was caught up in the Equifax breach. Spector makes me Meltdown to the core. And this latest breach of trust only drives home the point! Spector makes me Meltdown proves that we should all plan on losing control of data. To what extent you protect yourself and your company is up to you.

I never thought it would happen to me, and it did. Spector makes me. Meltdown is a new cry and  warning.
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