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Old 07. Mar 2019, 08:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Is Linux better than Windows with Spectre exploit?

Apparently, whether on Windows or Linux, computers like mine with Intel i5-2520M will never be protected against Spectre or Meltdown exploits.

Is this true?
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Old 08. Mar 2019, 11:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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MX-18: The new kernels feature meltdown/spectre mitigation, even on the 32 bit kernel.

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Old 08. Mar 2019, 02:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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So, from what i can understand, any distro with latest Linux kernel should be okay by now?
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Old 09. Mar 2019, 05:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Further reading seem to indicate that it will be an ongoing saga for both Linux and Windows which must deal (or have to live) with Intel and AMD processors etc.
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Old 09. Mar 2019, 06:42 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Apparently, whether on Windows or Linux, computers like mine with Intel i5-2520M will never be protected against Spectre or Meltdown exploits.
What exactly do you think is going to happen to your computer due to the Spectre & Meltdown security vulnerabilities?

My PC has no Internet Security, Antivirus, Anti-malware, Anti-whatever software. No BIOS update, and no updates for Windows 7 Ultimate. The CPU is 8 years old...
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Old 09. Mar 2019, 07:18 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I don't know how you've managed to stay safe all this time!
Do recall a few years back, was searching for a Christmas Crib image and after clicking on one of the search results, the computer got infected with some kind of malware/virus.
What could be more innocent than looking for a simple Bethlehem scene?
Do you never ever click on any image or hyperlink anywhere?

https://meltdownattack.com/
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I would say that without having any security installed, Spectre/Meltdown is the LEAST of your worries.

Oh and the OS is irrelevant as far as the bug is concerned, though the different OS's may have implemented different ways to try to avoid them or even just done the Ostrich thing.
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I don't know how you've managed to stay safe all this time!
Do you never ever click on any image or hyperlink anywhere?
https://meltdownattack.com/
I click on links, images and videos all the time.
BUT, I don't just visit any site. And I stay away from torrents and similar sites.
I rely on Firefox's inbuilt security, uBlock Origin and HTTPS Everywhere.
Furthermore, I don't open email attachments from unknown senders, and I don't connect other people's USB devices to my PC.
Lastly, I rely on common sense.
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