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Portland Linux/Unix Group: Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities

Portland State University Fourth Avenue Building (FAB) Room FAB 86-01
1900 Southwest 4th Avenue
Portland, OR 97201, US (map)

Take the stairs or elevator to the lower level and head East, though you will quickly lose orientation. Look for room 86-01 and note that the parking garage also provides access from a level below for $6, up from $1.50 or so. :(



Portland Linux/Unix Group General Meeting Announcement

Who: Steve Dum
What: Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities
Where: PSU, 1930 SW 4th Ave. Room FAB 86-01 (Lower Level)
When: Thursday, March 1st, 2018 at 7pm
Why: The pursuit of technology freedom
Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live

Seemingly simultaneously multiple people discovered these vulnerabilities that exploit CPU data cache timing to cause protected information to be leaked. I'll start with a review of modern CPU design features like parallel execution, out of order execution, speculative execution, branch prediction,cache access and side channels leading up to the 3 flaws, called Meltdown and Spectre. Including a simple understandable example of the flaws, and show an actual Proof of Concept.

Many will head to the Lucky Lab at 1945 NW Quimby St. after the meeting.

Rideshares to the Lucky Lab available

PLUG is open to everyone and does not tolerate abusive behavior on its mailing lists or at its meetings.