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Am I affected by Meltdown?! Meltdown (CVE-2017-5754) checker

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What am I?

Proof-of-concept /

Exploit /

Checks whether system is affected by Variant 3: rogue data cache load (CVE-2017-5754), a.k.a MELTDOWN.

The basic idea is that user will know whether or not the running system is properly patched with something like KAISER patchset ( for example.

Check out my blog post that guides reader through a Meltdown proof-of-concept:

*** Only works on Linux for now ***

How it works?

It works by using /proc/kallsyms to find system call table and checking whether the address of a system call found by exploiting MELTDOWN match the respective one in /proc/kallsyms.

Getting started

Clone, then run make to compile the project, then run meltdown-checker:

git clone
cd ./Am-I-affected-by-Meltdown
taskset 0x1 ./meltdown-checker

What to do when you face:

  • Unable to read /proc/kallsyms...

    That's because your system may be preventing the program from reading kernel symbols in /proc/kallsyms due to /proc/sys/kernel/kptr_restrict set to 1. The following command will do the tricky:

    sudo sh -c "echo 0  > /proc/sys/kernel/kptr_restrict"
  • Unable to read /boot/

    That could probably be because your system not having /boot mounted. This program relies on that partition and thus you'd need to mount your /boot partition first.

Please open an issue if you have an idea on how to fallback to another approach in this scenario.

Example output for a system affected by Meltdown:

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Checking whether system is affected by Variant 3: rogue data cache load (CVE-2017-5754), a.k.a MELTDOWN ...
Checking syscall table (sys_call_table) found at address 0xffffffffaea001c0 ...
0xc4c4c4c4c4c4c4c4 -> That's unknown
0xffffffffae251e10 -> That's SyS_write

System affected! Please consider upgrading your kernel to one that is patched with KAISER
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Meltdown Exploit / Proof-of-concept / checks whether system is affected by Variant 3: rogue data cache load (CVE-2017-5754), a.k.a MELTDOWN.








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