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SubjectRe: New format Intel microcode...
On 28/06/07, Chuck Ebbert <> wrote:
> On 06/28/2007 10:12 AM, Arjan van de Ven wrote:
> >> However, it listed only Windows related sites
> >> for the "fix" download. Is this the same TLB issue? And are these really
> >> fixes for Windows to flush the TLB properly the way Linux does?
> >
> > First of all, Linux has microcode updates as well. Some of the more
> > hypish news-bulletins just conveniently "forgot" about this. Basically
> > all distributions ship them, so users who use the distro update tools
> > get these automatically. And the update mentioned has been shipping for
> > a while (in version 1.17).
> Fedora 6 has version 1.13
> Fedora 7 also has 1.13
> RHEL 5 has 1.15
> Debian stable has 1.15 (9 Oct 2006)
> Suse 10.1 has 1.13

You've got to give credit to Intel for providing the ucode updates though.

The Ubuntu/Debian microcode.ctl package fetches a new version upon
installation/reconfiguration [1]; I guess if there were ucode updates
that resolved stability/vulnerability issues with Linux, the security
team could release an updated package with new default microcode.

However, I think the package isn't installed per default in Ubuntu
7.04 ia32/x86-64...


--- [1]

# dpkg-reconfigure microcode.ctl
Local microcode is old, you need an update.
Trying to download an new version of microcode.
Now attempting to download microcode.
microcode downloaded sucessfully
Daniel J Blueman
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