Re: x86/microcode update on systems without INITRD

From: Borislav Petkov
Date: Thu Nov 19 2015 - 17:58:36 EST

On Thu, Nov 19, 2015 at 10:55:43PM +0100, Borislav Petkov wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 19, 2015 at 10:43:01PM +0100, Markus Trippelsdorf wrote:
> > It looks like the ability to update x86/microcode without using an
> > initrd was removed this merge window.
> Whoops, that shouldnt've happened. Will debug it tomorrow and provide a
> fix.

Btw, you should consider changing your setup to use the initrd for
loading microcode early because microcode should be loaded as early as

The ".../reload" method is aimed at updating microcode on long-running
boxes without rebooting them. And that means those updates need to be
tested first in a lab environment before running them on the production
systems because not every microcode patch can be applied late. Some
shouldn't be even tried.

Anyway, the hunk below seems to work in my guest here, I'll run it
on the rest of the boxes tomorrow. In case you want to give it a try

diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/microcode/core.c b/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/microcode/core.c
index 3aaffb601c91..faec7120c508 100644
--- a/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/microcode/core.c
+++ b/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/microcode/core.c
@@ -698,3 +698,4 @@ int __init microcode_init(void)
return error;

diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/setup.c b/arch/x86/kernel/setup.c
index 29db25f9a745..d2bbe343fda7 100644
--- a/arch/x86/kernel/setup.c
+++ b/arch/x86/kernel/setup.c
@@ -1250,8 +1250,6 @@ void __init setup_arch(char **cmdline_p)
if (efi_enabled(EFI_BOOT))
- microcode_init();

#ifdef CONFIG_X86_32



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