Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities

14Jan2018 – Updated with latest VMware Public KB and Intel Sightings info

I’m sure many of you have heard of the Intel CPU vulnerabilities and how they can impact x86 architectures – I have a feeling this is just the start of something larger too.

I’ve had many Providers reach out to me, very concerned about how this can impact a SP design, especially with virtualization.

To step back, I found this very simple depiction that was shared on Twitter that summarizes the two vulnerabilities – thank you Daniel Miessler (link to his blog article):

So, what does this mean for VMware Cloud Providers? Well, official statements are underway, but here’s what I know so far – again, this is NOT an official statement:

Further information on Spectre and Meltdown on the newly created URL: https://meltdownattack.com/

As I see further information, I will continue to share – this impacts everyone and I have a feeling this is something we all will be dealing with for a long time.

-Daniel

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