How the Meltdown and Spectre security holes fixes will affect you

You can’t get away from Meltdown and Spectre. These chip bugs will make your life miserable. Everything you run — and I mean everything — PCs, Macs, iPhones, tablets, cloud computing, and servers — use vulnerable CPUs. Apple, Linux developers, and Microsoft have all released patches. And all of them will slow down at least some of your programs.

While Intel gets most of the heat for these hardware vulnerabilities, it’s not alone. According to Red Hat, ARM, IBM System Z, POWER8 (Big Endian and Little Endian), and POWER9 (Little Endian) processors are all open to attackAMD claims its chips are largely invulnerable, but it concedes there’s a near zero — but not zero — risk of exploitation from one class of attack.

So, what does that mean for you?

Read what the experts say you can expect from your devices and services on ZDNet.

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