Meltdown and Spectre are security flaws that gained widespread media coverage in the first days of 2018. Contrary to other security bugs these flaws are
* hardware, not software based
* the direct consequence of years of performance improvements
* extremely widespread because they affect (nearly all) computer systems, including mobile phones
* difficult to patch
This talk fills the gap between _"Intel caused a terrible security bug. Everybody panic!"_ and _"By priming the BPU of the CPU a malicious process can read out of bounds memory via speculative code execution"_.
*This talk comes with a side order on "Understanding CPU architecture" and "Managing security vulnerabilities".*