US-CERT Says Fixing Meltdown & Spectre Involves Replacing Your CPU

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) said in an advisory published this week that addressing the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities discovered in Intel, AMD, and ARM processors doesn’t necessarily come down to software patches, but to replacing the CPUs altogether.

The awkward advice posted on its official website has already been removed, but a cached version of the page (also shown in a screenshot attached to this article) still includes the reference to the recommended hardware replacement.

“The underlying vulnerability is primarily caused by CPU architecture design choices. Fully removing the vulnerability requires replacing vulnerable CPU hardware,” US-CERT said in the original advisory.

Software updates should do the job

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