Status of Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities
It is undeniable that Open Source isn't just delivering the building blocks of our digital world but, thanks to the growing number of involved professionals, is helping in making our infrastructures more secure.
Thanks to the efforts of developers and researchers several software and hardware vulnerabilities are being constantly discovered and fixed.
One of the latest discoveries made by independent researchers, probably tipped by a presentation made by Anders Fogh at the BlackHat Conference in 2016, is that serious security flaws have been baked into computer chips for decades. It may be surprising that serious flaws may remain undiscovered for such a long time but most processors manufacturers aren't very open regarding the design of their products so it may take a lot of time and patience to tests and confirm those vulnerabilities by, nearly, blindly testing any formulated hypothesis.
Much has been and can be said about it but most of you may wonder "Should I start panicking?"