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Meltdown/Spectre week three: World still knee-deep in something nasty

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Re: Intel "shouldn't be selling CPUs?"

> What if the bad guy uses the old (unmitigated) compiler, or even (gasp!) In-line Assembler?

That's exactly what makes Spectre so toxic. It doesn't even require any kind of special (i.e. root) privileges to work.

Imagine some innocent-looking program that runs as a "regular" user, and exploits Spectre. It won't leave any trace at all.

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