How to Check If Your Linux PC Is Vulnerable to Meltdown & Spectre Security Flaws

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

They affect us all, so we’ve put together a straightforward tutorial for Linux users to see if their PCs are protected against the Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities or not.

Publicly disclosed earlier this month, Meltdown and Spectre are the names of two security vulnerabilities that affect billions of devices powered by modern processors from Intel, AMD, and ARM. They allow unprivileged attackers to steal sensitive information like passwords or encryption keys from memory, including the kernel memory, using locally installed applications or simple web scripts.

For several months now, the industry has been working on patching these sever vulnerabilities affecting CPUs made in the past two decades, but while many vendors are still updating their software and operati… (read more)

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