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Re: Meltdown & Spectre Information and Discussion
« Reply #150 on: April 03, 2018, 06:58:59 AM »
 

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Re: Meltdown & Spectre Information and Discussion
« Reply #151 on: April 03, 2018, 09:00:11 AM »
 

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1) Well Intel has made stable microcode available now as far back as Sandy Bridge, however OEM's Dell and HP are still lagging behind in the implementations. Microsoft continues to be ahead of the curve on the whole issue though the latest updations have install issues as well due to the lagging OEM implementations. I have succeeded with a couple of W10 Dell Sandy Bridge boxes but it cannot be done without resorting to the CLI so everyday users are unlikely to install the mc mitigations.

2) New security studies from AMD are dismal for some of their CPU's. See the link below.

https://www.amdflaws.com/

3) Being a regular Debian user I am a bit spoiled when it comes to updates. Debian stable is slow and methodical about such things. But I also use both Ubuntu and LL where update schedules are far denser and hectic. I have to remind myself that so many of the current issues are linked to S/M and Intel. Ubuntu has been on top of the issues since they began and the devs have worked very hard to deal with the changes for their users. Updation was not always so intense with Linux in general, but it is good to remember that Linux is a community and as such more in touch with its own reality in more diverse ways than any corporate entity could ever hope to be. It is discouraging what corporate OEMs have done to everyday people, but it is wonderful to watch the Linux community respond.

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I'd been wondering about your comment re OEMs lagging ... in implementations - and would I need to do anything myself.

But today I did Install Updates and it includes "intel-microcode: microcode will be updated at next boot" - I presume this will apply to my i5 cpu.
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