Not a good week for Intel

So it has been made public that Intel has a major flaw with its microprocessors that will require you to patch your system regardless of whether or not you are Windows, Linux or the Mac.  

Apple have also come out and said it will effect iPhones as well as the Macs.

The vulnerabilites have some very nice names, Meltdown and Spectre.

Currently all vendors are scrambling around to get out fixes, and some people have urged caution with regards to the patching.  Although a serious bug Intel are saying that patching the flaw could cause a slowdown of up to 30% of CPU performance.  If this is the case this could have a huge impact on many systems globally.

It worls by interupting signals to the Kernel, there are many explanations all over the inter webs.  I think the BBC have done a good piece on it.

So looks like some long weekends coming up to patch everything!!!

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