Re: x86, microcode: BUG: microcode update that changes x86_capability

From: Henrique de Moraes Holschuh
Date: Fri Sep 19 2014 - 05:56:32 EST

On Thu, 18 Sep 2014, Chuck Ebbert wrote:
> > > [1] sig 0x000306f2, pf mask 0x6f, 2014-09-03, rev 0x0029, size 28672
> > > sig 0x000306c3, pf mask 0x32, 2014-07-03, rev 0x001c, size 21504
> > > sig 0x00040651, pf mask 0x72, 2014-07-03, rev 0x001c, size 20480
> > > sig 0x00040661, pf mask 0x32, 2014-07-03, rev 0x0012, size 23552


> > Given that there is exactly one microcode update like this (at least of
> > the sort that blows up userspace), I think that we should seriously
> > consider blacklisting just this particular microcode update once
> > userspace is running.
> >
> All future updates for these CPUs will have this problem.

Sort of. Any update _from_ microcodes earlier than the above, will.

Otherwise, it depends on whether Intel TSX "testing mode" is enabled in
BIOS, and whether it "sticks" across a microcode update or gets reset to the
default of "disabled". Updating from "disabled" to "disabled" should be

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Henrique Holschuh
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