openSUSE Continues to Work on Spectre V2 Mitigations for Leap and Tumbleweed

openSUSE Project’s Richard Brown has shared some insight into the work that the openSUSE Linux security team is doing to protect users against the Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities.

openSUSE Leap and Tumbleweed users were among the first to receive the patches against Meltdown and Spectre hardware bugs that put billions of devices at risk of attacks. The first kernel updates were made available early this month for both openSUSE Leap 42.2 and 42.3, though the former reached end of life on January 26, 2018.

For openSUSE Tumbleweed, new kernels arrived in the first weeks of January as well to fully patch users against Meltdown attacks, which are easier to fix than Spectre by using the Kernel Page Table Isolation (KPTI) kernel patches. Spectre has two variants, and it’s harder to fix, but at least openSUSE … (read more)
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