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SubjectRe: early microcode: how to disable at runtime?
On 08/31/2014 12:45 PM, Henrique de Moraes Holschuh wrote:
> Currently, there is no way to disable early microcode update at runtime. If
> an early initramfs with microcode update data is available, it will always
> be used.
>
> This can be a very big deal when things go wrong: it is hard for the regular
> user to recover from an initramfs image that crashes the system, and the
> early initramfs has no "disable" trigger.
>
> In the general case, booting from rescue media will be required to fix the
> system.
>
> Unfortunately, the BSP microcode update is handled before early_param() is
> available, so a kernel command line parameter to disable early microcode
> updates for the BSP isn't easily possible.
>
> Other than duplicating much of the code in parse_early_param/parse_args to
> search for a "noearlymcu" parameter, is there any other way we could add a
> disable switch for the early microcode update system?
>

Probably more like something more like arch/x86/boot/cmdline.c. Maybe
we could even make it sharable.

-hpa




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