Meltdown and Spectre CPU Flaws Expose Modern Systems to Risk

After a rollercoaster day of speculation about a severe Intel chip flaw, Google’s Project Zero research team revealed late day on Jan.3 what the actual CPU vulnerabilities were all about.

The CPU flaws have been branded as Meltdown and Spectre and have widespread impact across different silicon, operating system, browser and cloud vendors. The Meltdown flaw impacts Intel CPUs and is also identified as CVE-2017-5754. Spectre is also known as CVE-2017-5753 and CVE-2017-5715 and impacts all modern processors including Intel, AMD and ARM.