Essentially, all Intel-powered computers are affected by the Spectre or Meltdown vulnerability, but due to their less popularity, Linux computers don’t get much mainstream attention. At least when compared to the attention Windows and macOS are getting.
If you are a die-hard Linux fan, you have probably come across various tools released to check on whether a computer is affected by the Spectre or Meltdown vulnerability or not (such as the Ashampoo Spectre Meltdown CPU Checker we covered last week). However, there are not as many releases of such tools for the Linux computer front.
There is a new script published at GitHub that will help you establish whether your Linux distribution is vulnerable or not. To know whether your Linux computer is vulnerable to the two variants of Spectre or Meltdown.
Check the official GitHub project page, and you will get the source code giving you the chance to analyze it before actually installing it. The script can be run without parameters to check the on the kernel or you can use options that check on a kernel that is not …read more