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Is it possible that the guys that accidently unearthed these bugs stumbled upon a backdoor that the alphabet agencies demanded that chip makers put in? It just seems unbelievable that for 20 years chip makers have had this kind of bug present without anyone pointing it out.
originally posted by: KARARYU
Hackers like myself know of CPU cache flaw exploits for over a quarter of a century now. Then, out of the blue, we're exposed. Whoa. Suddenly, all of my red lights, horns and sirens went off... but not for obvious reasons. Couldn't THE PUBLIC DISCLOSURE of these flaws be a FALSEFLAG? You read it right. Won't THE PATCHES THEMSELVES be SLAVEWARES in disguise that can thrive on the processing power of billions of machines simultaneously, once installed, aiming at, for instance, mining cryptocurrency or, compromising our already almost none online privacy? And, in the sole, fortuitous case they ARE NOT, won't these same issued fixes be vulnerable to some exploit of whatever nature? - I'm already working on that - Enough conspirationism, let's call it a day and just have in mind that 1) the pseudo-whistle blower only made up for a new everyone's need: purchasing soon a new, faster, more secure machine. 2) Thus, evidencing that the most vulnerable part of any system, as cutting-edge as it can be, is our pockets. 3) No, it won't kill us all, it will only ruin our banking balance with everyone having to purchase machines with that "one new, revolutionary, exploit-proof processor" - meaning, with this and other bugs hidden enough to be only exploited by government agencies and their indulged criminals - that is coming right ahead. Mark my words. We all have been there sometime.