It’s been more than six months since the major design flaw in computer chips labeled Spectre became public. And, as predicted, it is still haunting the world of information technology. The CPU (central processing unit) is, after all, the “brain” of any computer, phone, tablet, modern TV, or other “smart” device.
Since then, we’ve all learned a bit about terms some of us had never heard before—“speculative execution,” anyone? We’ve also been told that you can’t just patch a chip the way you can patch bugs in software. But you can create work-arounds with software patches.
In this webinar, Taylor Armerding, senior security strategist for Synopsys Software Integrity Group, will address some of the questions that “regular”—i.e., nontechnical—users may have about Spectre:
- What is it?
- How does it work?
- Why does it work?
- Why didn’t chip makers catch a flaw of this magnitude during the design phase?
- Why is a tool called static analysis the best way to work around Spectre without causing intolerable performance slowdowns?