Re: [PATCH] x86/microcode: Add an option to reload microcode even if revision is unchanged
From: Thomas Gleixner
Date: Fri Sep 06 2019 - 08:51:36 EST
On Thu, 5 Sep 2019, Raj, Ashok wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 05, 2019 at 11:22:31PM +0200, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> > That's all nice, but what it the general use case for this outside of Intel's
> > microcode development and testing?
> > We all know that late microcode loading has severe limitations and we
> > really don't want to proliferate that further if not absolutely required
> Several customers have asked this to check the safety of late loads. They want
> to validate in production setup prior to rolling late-load to all production systems.
Groan. Late loading _IS_ broken by definition and it was so forever.
What your customers are asking for is a receipe for disaster. They can
check the safety of late loading forever, it will not magically become safe
because they do so.
If you want late loading, then the whole approach needs to be reworked from
ground up. You need to make sure that all CPUs are in a safe state,
i.e. where switching of CPU feature bits of all sorts can be done with the
guarantee that no CPU will return to the wrong code path after coming out
of safe state and that any kernel internal state which depends on the
previous set of CPU feature bits has been mopped up and switched over
before CPUs are released.
That does not exist and unless it does, late loading is just going to cause
trouble nothing else.
So, no. We are not merging something which is known to be broken and then
we have to deal with the subtle fallout and the bug reports forever. Not to
talk about having to fend of half baken duct tape patches which try to glue
The only sensible patch for that is to remove any trace of late loading
crappola once and forever.