Meltdown & Spectre
This interactive lesson explains Meltdown and Spectre, two vulnerabilities discovered by cybersecurity researchers that affect almost all CPUs released since 1995. Attackers exploiting these vulnerabilities can read data from a computer's kernel memory (Meltdown) but also data handled by other apps (Spectre). Meltdown and Spectre vulnerability exploitations are considered side-channel attacks.
This interactive lesson was made possible by funding from National Science Foundation Grant # DUE 1601612 at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, New Jersey – PI Mike Qaissaunee, with contributions from Dr. John Sands & Susan Sands of Moraine Valley Community College and Jaime Mahoney of Bunker Hill Community College.