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ECT News Community   »   LinuxInsider Talkback   »   Re: FOSS Community Struggles to Patch Against Spectre, Meltdown Flaws



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Many in the open source community worked feverishly this week to respond to heightened fears that software updates to fix the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities would put millions of computers at risk of slowdowns or even total disability. Updated kernels were released for mitigation of Meltdown variant 3, or CVE-2017-5754, for X86-64 architecture, Dean Henrichsmeyer, vice president of cloud engineering at Canonical, which provides commercial support for Ubuntu, said Friday in an online post.


I understand the problems of trying to fix the kernel for multiple distros, but if it is your computer being bricked, I doubt you will think it a "small road bump".
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