The recent revelation of the Meltdown & Spectre vulnerabilities has created a lot of discussions. For the non-techie, it is extremely confusing. Even for the techies, it is confusing. The issue is not a Windows issue, nor a Mac issue, nor a Linux issue, nor a ChromeOS, or an iPad issue. It is not an Intel or an AMD issue. It has to do with the way computer processors (the main chip in all computers, tablets & phones) are all being programmed to speed up computers. This includes almost every computer manufactured in the last 20 years.
All of the operating systems are being patched. All of the security software (the anti-virus & anti-malware) are being patched to work with the operating system patches and to avoid interfering with the OS.
Because of the patches, every computer tablet, & smartphone may experience some slowdowns. The patches are being rushed out to all computers. While it is actually a CPU chip flaw, the fix seems to be a software one. Eventually, new chips will be designed differently and new computers will regain lost speed.
Some articles that I have read stated that every computer needs to be scrapped and replaced. However, I have not read if there is even a chip that does not operate without the flaw. My hope is that all systems get patched quickly and then the speed issues are addressed fully. It is everyone’s responsibility to upgrade their operating system as soon as updates are available to keep their systems as secure as possible, as well as working as intended. Yes, sometimes updates & patches cause new issues, but they too must be addressed.
I am looking for an ideal explanation of the Meltdown & Spectre issues, One that helped me understand was at https://blog.cloudflare.com/meltdown-spectre-non-technical/ and also a 7.5 minute video from Leo LaPorte at TWIT at https://twit.tv/shows/twit-bits/episodes/4665 .