Written by Eric Kozlowski
How to understand Meltdown and Spectre
For those interested in the recent Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, this article provides a very nice high level overview.
High level description of Meltdown and Spectre:
- Meltdown: can be used by an attacker to read memory from other processes without having the required privileges.
- Spectre: takes advantage of speculative execution to allow an attacker to potentially gain access to sensitive data in a program.