Is Apollo Core Spectre and Meltdown Safe?!?

  • Last Post 10 September 2020
Adam Levine posted this 23 August 2018


I just read Ferdinand Thommes's "Super Bugs" article in newest polish release Linux Magazine, and - in true - I feel like just awake from night mare with cold sweat!!! I have 3 64bit machines in my house and now I feel totally unsecure! I consider to migrate to safer platform. And AFIK Raspberry Pi is safe! Now I have question to Apollo core developers:

Is Apollo Core Spectre and Meltdown safe?!?


I must to know this before I trust some company as I trust Intel and Amd before...

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R P posted this 27 August 2018

Hi Adam,

I have requested an official response and I will update my Spectre/Meltdown KB when it is available, but until then, the Apollo is an IOT device, there is no way to run code on it, so the Apollo has no exposure to either attack.

And you are quite right, the Raspberry Pi 3b uses an ARM that is not succeptable to any of the Meltdown attacks, and no ARM is succeptable to Spectre, the Raspberry Pi team make a good choice in which SOC to use.

Johnson Barnes posted this 10 September 2020

If your computer has a vulnerable processor and runs an unpatched operating system, it is not safe to work with sensitive information without the chance of leaking the information. This applies both to personal computers as well as cloud infrastructure. Luckily, there are software patches against Meltdown.