Re: [PATCH 4.19 72/98] x86/CPU/AMD: Clear RDRAND CPUID bit on AMD family 15h/16h

From: Thomas Gleixner
Date: Wed Aug 28 2019 - 10:15:23 EST

On Wed, 28 Aug 2019, Pavel Machek wrote:
> On Wed 2019-08-28 14:46:21, Borislav Petkov wrote:
> > On Wed, Aug 28, 2019 at 02:29:13PM +0200, Pavel Machek wrote:
> > > This is not a way to have an inteligent conversation.
> >
> > No, this *is* the way to keep the conversation sane, without veering
> > off into some absurd claims.
> >
> > So, to cut to the chase: you can simply add "rdrand=force" to your
> > cmdline parameters and get back to using RDRAND.
> >
> > And yet if you still feel this fix does not meet your expectations,
> > you were told already to either produce patches or who to contact. I'm
> > afraid complaining on this thread won't get you anywhere but that's your
> > call.
> No, this does not meet my expectations, it violates stable kernel
> rules, and will cause regression to some users, while better solution
> is known to be available.

Your unqualified ranting does not meet my expectation either and it
violates any rule of common sense.

For the record:

Neither AMD nor we have any idea which particular machines have a fixed
BIOS and which have not. There is no technical indicator either at boot
time as the wreckage manifests itself only after resume.

So in the interest of users the only sensible decision is to disable
RDRAND for this class of CPUs.

If you have a list of machines which have a fixed BIOS, then provide it
in form of patches. If not then stop claiming that there is a better
solution available.

Anyway, I'm done with that and further rants of yours go directly to

Thanks for wasting everyones time