Meltdown and Spectre Hacks Explained

It has been a heck of a week for the Intel Company. They have taken a beating over the past several days with regards to an issue exposed in the firmware that powers their processor chipsets. If you haven’t heard about this already, here is the short of it. Intel was contacted by several security research teams. All of which found a type of architectural deficiency that could be exploited to gain access to personal data at the processor level. When boiled down, the research teams involved found a total of two exploits. These two exploits could open up your personal data to applications and processes that do not have permission to do so. The exploits have become to be known as “Spectre” and “Meltdown.” Did I mention that these have been around for the past 20 years? The rest of this article is geared to provide a simple explanation of each of these exploits and how they work.

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