How bad are Meltdown and Spectre?

I’ve been surprised by the lack of interest, by both the general public and some IT admins, in the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, which are arguably the most significant computer vulnerabilities we have ever dealt with. To be fair, this isn’t the end of the world. Computers aren’t falling over left and right yet.

The big pain hasn’t happened, and that’s part of the problem. These are HUGE exploits with HUGE risk, but because they aren’t being widely exploited yet, they just aren’t getting the attention that they deserve. I expect hundreds of millions of devices to remain vulnerable for the foreseeable future.

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