In this blog post, we are going to talk about spectre vulnerability and how does this vulnerability affect current systems all around the globe. As already discussed in previous blog posts, the processor uses speculative execution along with branch predictor to speculatively execute instructions for better utilization of CPU cycles.
One of the core security features of the modern operating system is to provide isolation between the different processes running on a system and make sure that one process should not be able to see the data used by another process.
In this blog series, we will go through one of the biggest security vulnerabilities of recent times i.e. Spectre and Meltdown. This article is mostly centered around understanding the concepts which will be necessary for then understanding the internals of these two vulnerabilities.