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Meltdown, Spectre: The password theft bugs at the heart of Intel CPUs


Re: Hmm, If I was working at a secret agency

"... they did not design based on the assumption of bad actors abusing this."

I agree. For illustration, have a look at this Intel manual page from 1986, explaining why CPU-enforced sandboxing was introduced: the focus was entirely on detecting, and confining the damage of, "bugs". I think this is understandable because malware wasn't such an issue back then, but it has been obvious for a long time now that Protected Mode is a critical security defence, not just a stability feature, and there is no excuse for holes in its sandboxes in recent CPUs.

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