Article features Ellison Anne Williams' insights into the challenges of the Meltdown and Spectre flaws
All the world's computers are flawed, and companies are fumbling with fixes. It will take years until the issue is fully sorted out. In the three weeks since researchers revealed major flaws in virtually every computer processors, issuing patches has not gone smoothly.
"It's been a bit of a disaster," said Ellison Anne Williams, founder and CEO of security firm Enveil. "The problem happens in the memory of the computer. Anytime you start messing with memory, things can go wrong very quickly. Some of the patches coming out do unexpected things. It takes a long time to see how things are going."