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Microprocessor Security Vulnerabilities Require Measured Mitigation Response

Published: 26 January 2018

ID: G00351047

Analyst(s): Thomas Bittman , Stanley Zaffos , Joe Skorupa , Stephen Kleynhans , Lydia Leong , Alan Priestley , Martin Reynolds , Neil MacDonald , Joseph Unsworth , Philip Dawson


Security vulnerabilities — Spectre and Meltdown — were revealed to affect all modern microprocessor vendors and most computing devices. When implementing mitigation strategies, CIOs must understand the risks, performance implications and costs that vary across applications and workloads.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • The Moderate-Risk, but Potentially High-Impact Security Vulnerability Will Vary by Application and Workload
  • Mitigation Will Require an Update of the Entire Software Stack
  • These Vulnerabilities Will Continue to Evolve and Represent Possible Future Attacks

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