I would hate to defend Intel, but let's face it, most of our performance hits so far have been thanks to the WWW and browsers allowing lot's of sh*t (see: Google). Spying and tracking costs massive amounts of cycles, and irritating latencies.
A fundamental design flaw in Intel's processor chips has forced a significant redesign of the Linux and Windows kernels to defang the chip-level security bug. Programmers are scrambling to overhaul the open-source Linux kernel's virtual memory system. Meanwhile, Microsoft is expected to publicly introduce the necessary changes …
...and we're all still waiting for the power of the Pentium to be 'unleashed'.
Great article, even though it's going to cause a lot of nuisance work for me. Never heard of the word "Boffins" before. Apparently it's British, but now I can use it on my nerdy friends here in the US. They will claim offense, but none should be taken!
2 vulnerabilities down, how many more to go?
The question now is?
1>Will new chips be vulnerable?
2>When will we get new chips woyout the vulnerabilty?
3>When to buy your new PC, as if your like me I just cancelled the order of my new iMac.
How much more can we take? It's all getting a bit boring!
What if we stopped running untrusted code? It's possible.
Can we stop running speculatively running that code though?