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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/4] x86: Do microcode updates at CPU_STARTING, not CPU_ONLINE
On Thu, 14 Jun 2012, Borislav Petkov wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 13, 2012 at 01:20:39PM -0700, Andi Kleen wrote:
> > case CPU_ONLINE:
> > case CPU_ONLINE_FROZEN:
> > - microcode_update_cpu(cpu);
> > + /* Retry again in case we couldn't request early */
> > + if (cpu_data(cpu).microcode < ucode_cpu_info[cpu].cpu_sig.rev)
> > + microcode_update_cpu_late(cpu);
>
> This implies newer ucode versions are numerically higher than
> what's currently present. And it is probably correct in the 99% of
> the cases but it would be more correct IMHO to have "!=" there.
> microcode_update_cpu_late takes care of checking the correct ucode
> version anyway down the path.

Indeed. For Intel, the microcode rev is a *signed* value, and the
intended way for it to work is that you always install negative rev
microcode (used only internally at Intel, I am told), or install
microcode if rev(new microcode) > rev (old microcode) >= 0, and refuse
to install if rev(new microcode) == 0.

It is better to use != and have stricter checks in the vendor-specific
code.

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them all and in the darkness grind them. In the Land of Redmond
where the shadows lie." -- The Silicon Valley Tarot
Henrique Holschuh


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