• Spectre, Meltdown and the future

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    This isn’t really a rant, more of a pondering.

    The whole Spectre/Meltdown thing got me wondering. (And this is non-security-expert wondering, btw) It seems like security holes are getting harder to patch. With Spectre/Meltdown, even when the fixes work, they’re also harmful. (Slow downs)

    So what happens if/when an easily exploitable security hole is found that can’t be patched? Some fundamental flaw in how computers are designed. What then?

    I’m curious what people who know more about security think.

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      You already have your answer.  Meltdown/Spectre aren’t being fixed.  They are being mitigated.  As such, the past few months has demonstrated the outcome.  The whole thing is a complete cluster.

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