So a HUGE security flaw in Intel CPUs dating back as far as the 1st Generation Core i series (think i7-920, i3-550 etc., nahalem, westmere), could mean that hackers could gain access to (they won’t be able to as soon as this is patched in the next week, via a kernal page table isolation update) privileged information via a security check exploit where apparently (we won’t find out 100% until Jan 9th) the Intel core i and associated xeon chips were made with performance gains in mind at the expensive of security. This is said that once it’s patched it could spell performance hits from anywhere from 5% to 30%, though users with the patched Linux systems have reported drops of even more than the 30%, though gamer’s and main rig productivity users seem to be unaffected.

*Edit this is one of three variants identified as Meltdown, I will cover the other two in another video, will also test performance numbers for you guys.

AMD CPUs on the other hand are supposedly not affected one bit (all pun intended) by this security flaw in the OS Kernel.

Also in this video I explain as best I can what is going on and what in basic function the kernel in the operating system does.

And to further complicate things the CEO of Intel has apparently sold off as much stock as possible. So who knows what will go on from here, but looks like some more ‘interesting’ times ahead.

Links to articles used (there are a heap of good reads here:)
Benchmarks from Phoronix: https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag…
Hot Hardware Article: https://hothardware.com/news/intel-cp…
PostGresQL Article: https://www.postgresql.org/message-id…
Python Article: http://pythonsweetness.tumblr.com/pos…
Extreme Tech Article: https://www.extremetech.com/computing…
Page Table Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Page_table
Investor holdings from fool.com: https://www.fool.com/investing/2017/1…
The Register: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/01…
The Verge: https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/3/168…
PCworld: https://www.pcworld.com/article/32456…
Reuters Article: https://in.reuters.com/article/cyber-…
Itwire article: https://www.itwire.com/security/81321…
Institutional Investors Intel: http://www.nasdaq.com/symbol/intc/ins…
Institutional Investors AMD: http://www.nasdaq.com/symbol/amd/inst…
Intel Lawsuit: http://archive.fortune.com/magazines/…
Twitter Link for Brainsmoke: https://twitter.com/brainsmoke/status…
Tweaktown Article used: https://www.tweaktown.com/news/59584/…

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