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Subject[PATCH 3/3] x86/microcode: Deprecate MICROCODE_OLD_INTERFACE
From: Borislav Petkov <>

This is the ancient loading interface which requires special tools to be
used. The bigger problem with it is that it is as inadequate for proper
loading of microcode as the late microcode loading interface is because
it happens just as late.

iucode_tool's manpage already warns people that it is deprecated.

Deprecate it and turn it off by default along with a big warning in the
Kconfig help. It will go away sometime in the future.

Signed-off-by: Borislav Petkov <>
arch/x86/Kconfig | 10 +++++++++-
1 file changed, 9 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/arch/x86/Kconfig b/arch/x86/Kconfig
index 5ad92419be19..5a0a752f3ddd 100644
--- a/arch/x86/Kconfig
+++ b/arch/x86/Kconfig
@@ -1330,8 +1330,16 @@ config MICROCODE_AMD
processors will be enabled.

- def_bool y
+ bool "Ancient loading interface (DEPRECATED)"
+ default n
depends on MICROCODE
+ ---help---
+ DO NOT USE THIS! This is the ancient /dev/cpu/microcode interface
+ which was used by userspace tools like iucode_tool and microcode.ctl.
+ It is inadequate because it runs too late to be able to properly
+ load microcode on a machine and it needs special tools. Instead, you
+ should've switched to the early loading method with the initrd or
+ builtin microcode by now: Documentation/x86/microcode.txt

config X86_MSR
tristate "/dev/cpu/*/msr - Model-specific register support"
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