Google said they already patched android and in fact my android phone got a small update about 2 weeks ago. Since OSX supposedly was patched in December I assume iOS got patches as well already?. Sounds like a lot of ARM chips also are affected. My phone may be affected.... AMD makes ARM chips too as well as a lot of other companies.
The Intel social media PR team hard at work. Hint: You aren't doing any better than the ridiculous official Intel PR statement. Tell your bosses to stop making their company look like fools.One thing to keep in mind, Meltdown and Spectre aren't bugs. They are attacks that exploit features of modern CPUs.
Allowing reading cache/memory current process does not have the privilege to do so is a bug.I really don't think something is a bug if it's working as designed. A bug to me is an unintended flaw that affects performance, not a security "hole" that can be exploited in a product that works as designed.
The way I look at it is this: Bug = design was fine, execution had issues. In this case; execution was fine, design was 'flawed'.
Since this specific part of the CPU was designed in early 2000s or even the 90ties it's fair enough to say that back then security wasn't such a huge concern and even if Intel knew of the flaw, no big deal they still did it. However it's not uncommon such internal knowledge getting lost over time. So it's possible Intel actually did not know this until recently or they simply forgot that knowledge. I can't believe they knew it and did not fix it in hardware because of the consequences this would have.