[Cryptography] Did Spectre help torpedo Qualcomm? (Osman Kuzucu)

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Mon Oct 1 03:46:30 EDT 2018

On 9/29/2018 9:55 AM, Florian Weimer wrote:
* Henry Baker:

I wonder if the server chips Qualcomm developed were hopelessly
haunted by Spectre?
I find that extremely unlikely.  There is a point (regarding cost or
power efficiency) at which most customers would stop caring.  The
whole zoo of issues is now largely perceived as a software problem

Except Spectre is not really a software problem. Check the paper in ACM
"C Is Not a Low-level Language"
in which David Chisnall explains the rather large distance between what
the C
programmers believe they are writing and what is actually executed. Spectre
is an attack on that interstitial layer, a layer that software does not
see with
bugs that software can hardly fix.

-- Christian Huitema

I wanto disagree with Christian on the point he made that C is not a low level language with arguments already discussed here : https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=16967675

— Osman Kuzucu
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