Each vulnerability works differently to bypass security measures and steal information. Meltdown “basically melts security boundaries which are normally enforced by the hardware,” said the hacker team who discovered these flaws.
Spectre “breaks the isolation between different applications. It allows an attacker to trick error-free programs, which follow best practices, into leaking their secrets.”
The response has been quick from most companies. Yesterday, Microsoft and Google both took steps to fix these holes in security, but experts believe only some of the exploitations Spectre uses can be fixed.
This “is going to haunt us for some time,” says Mashable writer Jack Morse.
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