Re: OT: Meltdown and Spectre - worse than Y2K?

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Author: Matthew Crews
To: Main PLUG discussion list
Subject: Re: OT: Meltdown and Spectre - worse than Y2K?
>-------- Original Message --------
>Subject: Re: OT: Major Intel Memory Vulnerability - worse than Y2K?
>Local Time: January 5, 2018 12:35 PM
>UTC Time: January 5, 2018 7:35 PM
>To: Main PLUG discussion list <>
>well, that was a known factor well ahead of time. This situation is different. Intel KNEW there might be a problem with this method of memory processing. They just didn't know how big a problem it could turn out to be. And all of these chips are in everything from routers, to servers to switches and even devices used in the smart home. That is slightly more than $3 trillion worth of infrastructure and commodity equippment that many consumers have bought since then. This includes smart phones (which can be as expensive as $1,000 a throw). That's a hell of a lot of exposure that Intel will have to deal with and they don't have nearly enough capital to even touch a small part of this mess.

To be clear, if we are talking Spectre, then it isn't just Intel involved, it is most (all?) silicon vendors for the last decade or more. Meltdown is also known to affect some silicon vendors besides Intel.

As for the impact, then yeah this will haunt us for some time. I'm less concerned about systems that are upgraded or patched, but at-large this WILL go unpatched on working systems for a long time, if at all. (billions of cell phones still operating that won't receive firmware updates, and millions and millions of servers and desktop/laptop machines that will never be fixed either).
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