Hardware Flaws require Extra Diligence

Spectre and Meltdown are still relevant, even years after their discovery. Refresh yourself on the status of these hardware flaws to see if you are exposed.

Your hardware is now a bigger threat than your software. We are all accustomed to the drumbeat of malware, viruses, and trojans, etc, invading our computing platforms. However, since January of 2018 we have learned these issues have been relegated to the “good old days” when updating and patching would keep you safe from intrusive hackers and malicious government actors.

We now know that Hardware design flaws introduced as early as the late 1990s have created fundamental weaknesses in every major computer system from hand-helds to tablets to servers.  What is more problematic is that the intended patches are not able to secure hardware flaws without compromising computing performance to the point systems are unsuited for their intended purposes.  Some manufacturers have discontinued efforts to patch hardware and have simply “moved on” from the issue. Read more below.

One reason we like the Raspberry Pi so much is that not only is it run as a non-profit corporation, it is so far free of Hardware vulnerabilities like Spectre and Meltdown. But don’t just take our word for it: Eben Upton on Raspberry Pi

Meltdown and Spectre