How to check for the Meltdown vulnerability with the Intel-SA-00086 Detection Tool

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Intel has released a new version of the Intel-SA-00086 Detection Tool, which is designed to alert users to the existence of a vulnerability in their Intel processors. The end of 2017 saw a rather disturbing pair of vulnerabilities emerge that affect a large number of PCs and Macs. They emerged at the processor level, meaning multiple steps are required to mitigate the vulnerability. The most pressing of these security flaws is known as Meltdown, and affects all Intel chips as well as a handful of ARM chips (AMD chips are not affected). Fixes are being applied at multiple levels: the…

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