Here is the "canonical" question on the meltdown/spectre vulnerability on InfoSec.SE:

Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities

Can I/should I create a related question on dba.SE, perhaps something like, "As a SQL DBA, what do I need to know about the meltdown/spectre vulnerability?"

Do we even know, yet, how to contextualize this as a DBA?

Is this just yet another OS patch that we simply coordinate with the systems team to apply?

Are there patches available for MS SQL Server (or other products) required to address this vulnerability?

Any way of knowing what the performance impact might be for various kinds of (virtualized or bare-metal) SQL servers?

A couple of blog posts I've found that are starting to discuss this from a SQL server perspective:

Edit: Posted: As a MS SQL DBA, what do I need to know about the meltdown/spectre vulnerabilities?

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This could be a useful Q & A, though a bit broad by our usual standards.

Seems like it might be a good candidate for a Wiki Answer (like Where to start with Oracle?):

This question's answer is a collaborative effort: if you see something that can be improved, just edit the answer to improve it! No additional answers can be added here

So, there would be only one Community Wiki answer that everyone can contribute to, and keep up to date.

I would think one question per product would be best.

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    +1 for one per product - I'm going to create a MongoDB one. Jan 6, 2018 at 19:25


If the question is bad, it'll get downvoted or closed at worst.

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