Meltdown and Spectre explained in 3 minutes


Red Hat has posted a rather interesting video which talks about the recent Meltdown and Spectre security issues which have been spotted on Intel, AMD and ARM architectures and most operating systems, as well as what has been done in order to resolve those issues.

The three new Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs), the CVE-2017-5754 (variant 3), also known as the Meltdown, and the CVE-2017-5753 (variant 1) and the CVE-2017-5715 (variant 2), known under the Spectre name, have been originally spotted by Google Project Zero and have been filling news posts for quite some time.

We already wrote a lot about the Meltdown and Spectre issues as well as both about patches released by CPU manufacturers and their performance impact.

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The 3-minute video which you can check out above, Red Hat tries to explain the origin of these two security issues and what kind of impact do they have on certain systems.

In addition to the video, Red Hat has previously released plenty of information regarding Meltdown and Spectre issues, as well as a list of updates that should be applied to a certain version of Red Hat Linux distribution.


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