The Meltdown bug is out to ruin your life. If you have a Chromebook, however, you may be safe.
Google released a table on Chromium Wiki stating which devices are safe, in danger or already patched.
If “Yes” or “Not needed” is written under the “CVE-2017-5754 mitigations (KPTI) on M63?” column, you are in the clear. If “No,” you will need to update. But the last thing you want to see is “EoL.” The acronym for “end-of-life” means the device is no longer supported. RIP Chromebook.
This list backs up the fact that Google’s devices are protected, for the most part. Meltdown and Spectre chase after Intel processors mainly. ARM chips can be affected too, but are not likely to fall victim to the bugs. Chromebooks running Intel can be checked for safety by typing in “chrome://gpu” and looking at “Operating System” under “Version Information.” The numbers 3.18 or 4.4 of the Linux kernel declare safety.
We must fight these bugs. We need as much help as we can find. Not everyone is tech-savvy and able to solve these issues with a click of a button. Meltdown and Spectre should scare everyone. If you don’t know much about them, you can learn more about the potential damages here.
[via The Verge]