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Spectre/Meltdown impact on network devices

On 8 January 2018 at 12:41, Stephane Bortzmeyer <bortzmeyer at nic.fr> wrote:

> the best solution, for the attacker, is probably to exploit a bug in
> the BGP parser (as we have seen with attribute 99, BGP parsers have
> bugs): with a buffer overflow, you may be able to run code you
> choose. Purely theoretical at this stage, I didn't try.

BGP runs as a privileged user, if you're already executing code as
BGP, why do you need Spectre or Meltdown? Just read the memory you're
interested in, or setup port mirror, or reroute traffic.