I am at a loss for words. As the reality of the Intel bug settles in, the tech community has been shaken. For years we have falsely assumed the security of virtualization technologies. The convenience and ease of ‘spinning up’ and ‘blowing away’ vms (virtual machines) in server farms has become standard practice across the globe. Even McAfee Media Solutions utilizes virtualization to manage our web and vpn servers; helping us reduce costs and insure greater up times.
However, with the introduction of today’s security patches, we have learned a terrible lesson. Not only are virtual servers on Intel systems insecure, the only fix may cause literal crippling reductions in speed. Some independent testing is reporting as high as a 20-30% reduction in speeds. And this doesn’t just affect servers. Users of any Intel chipsets produced in the last decade will be effected. This includes any Apple laptop, desktop, or server produced since 2005, all Intel based Windows systems, and all Intel based Linux systems. Currently, AMD processors are not affected.
Today marks a historic benchmark in our society.
Today may be the day society learns just how much we depend on these fragile devices, and how important they are to us.