Security Meltdown, Spectre Debacle: What You Need To Know

Since news of two major processor vulnerabilities, Spectre and Meltdown, came to the public’s attention this week, technology companies have swiftly begun rolling out patches. They’ve also been trying to reassure customers that those fixes will not slow down computing performance as much as originally feared.

Meltdown, the first flaw to come to light, affects mostly Intel chips — likely all of them manufactured since 2010, according to researchers. Meanwhile, studies have found that Spectre affects a large number of the Intel, ARM, and AMD processors that have been produced since the 1990s.

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