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

From: Henrique de Moraes Holschuh
Date: Thu Sep 25 2014 - 12:41:39 EST

On Thu, 25 Sep 2014, Borislav Petkov wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 12:30:06PM -0300, Henrique de Moraes Holschuh wrote:
> > Userspace can install the microcode only inside the initramfs, if it wants
> > to avoid it being loaded later. It is not even too difficult to do so.
> Hmm, so in thinking about this more, what we need to do on all kernels
> should be something along those lines (if I'm not missing something,
> that is):
> if (early microcode loading support) {
> install microcode into initramfs;
> }
> install microcode into /lib/firmware/...;
> tell the user to reboot;
> On the next reboot, everything gets loaded automatically.
> Of course, user needs to make sure that the microcode loader module gets
> loaded during boot. If its built-in, we're fine.

We still need to update x86_capability after a microcode update for the
above to really work in the "install microcode into initramfs" case.

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Henrique Holschuh
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