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SubjectRe: AMD errata 793 (CVE-2013-6885) needs a workaround in Linux?
On 01/14/2014 03:55 AM, Borislav Petkov wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 14, 2014 at 09:41:33AM -0200, Henrique de Moraes Holschuh wrote:
>> I just got this assigned to amd64-microcode in Debian, but it is something
>> that needs to be worked around by the EFI/BIOS and/or the kernel.
>> Since we all know just how well it pans out to depend on BIOS/EFI updates
>> for *anything*, I'm raising the issue here. IMHO looks like it would be
>> worthwhile to either set the relevant MSR in the kernel if the BIOS didn't
>> do it, or at least warn the user of the need for a BIOS/EFI update...
>> It is the usual hangs-core type of CPU errata (therefore, the best type
>> since it won't cause silent data corruption). gcc-produced code managed to
>> trigger it (in DragonFly BSD).
> I think this is a different issue than the dragonfly issue. In any case,
> if AMD delivers all BIOS with this workaround enabled, we don't need to
> do anything. And I asked them about it so we'll have an answer soon, I
> hope.
> In any case, I'm on it.

Seriously, though, if this MSR can be set at runtime without problems
(which covers 98% of all workarounds, but not 100%) then it seems like a
no-brainer to just do it as long as the offending CPUs can be identified
by the kernel.


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