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    Phoronix: Google Engineer Calls For Greater Collabration On Speculative Execution Mitigations

    When it comes to kernel address space isolation (ASI) and other yet-to-be-merged security features around fending off speculative execution attacks, there are multiple concurrent efforts by many of the public cloud providers and other hyperscalers. A Google engineer at this week's Linux Plumbers Conference has called for more collaboration in this area to ideally provide a unified solution...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...PC-2020-Collab

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    It seems Bruce Perens is right that Open Source has served businesses really well, but businesses are not really into it for sharing and collaboration unless it serves their own purposes...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTsc1m78BUk

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    • #3
      Google has the $ to just make a non-speculative cpu, (amazon made graviton). Stop mitigating and just fix it properly. Offering the only secure cloud is good for marketing, probably enough to make people over look them blocking SMTP.
      Last edited by elatllat; 28 August 2020, 05:09 PM.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by elatllat View Post
        Google has the $ to just make a non-speculative cpu, (amazon made graviton). Stop mitigating and just fix it properly. Offering the only secure cloud is good for marketing, probably enough to make people over look them blocking SMTP.
        and nobody will use it because of trash performance.
        In addition paranoids like me won't use cloud service for any sensitive data from the beginning.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by elatllat View Post
          Google has the $ to just make a non-speculative cpu, (amazon made graviton). Stop mitigating and just fix it properly. Offering the only secure cloud is good for marketing, probably enough to make people over look them blocking SMTP.
          Just continuing to use Intel CPUs in the cloud while spending all this capital on mitigations seems to be a strange business decision to me. It's not like there aren't other vendors with better value and security. I can only imagine it's costed against the existing infrastructure sunk cost, but I suspect it might just be to justify that existing and ongoing investment in Intel hardware.

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          • #6
            Headline news: megabusiness dominant in sector calls for less competition.

            It seems like a sound engineering principle: a single solution provides only a single point of failure. Less failure is good, right?

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            • #7
              Thank you!! This is what I've been saying from the start!

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