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SubjectRe: Fix built-in early-load Intel microcode alignment
On 1/15/20, Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org> wrote:
> However, the most likely cause is that you have a borderline dodgy
> system, and the microcode update then just triggers a pre-existing
> problem.

For that particular processor model, there appears to be microcode
updates for four steppings: 9 10 11 and 12. My model is stepping
9, so it appears to be early commercially sold version of that
model. Probably more problems on it than on later steppings.

> But it might be worth it if the intel people could check up with their
> microcode people on this anyway - if there is _one_ report of "my
> system locks up with newer ucode", that's one thing. But if Jari isn't
> alone...

I'm not alone with latest Intel microcode problems. Debian for
example reverted microcode to older microcode version on some
Intel processor models because of hangs on warm reboots. Those
reverts were not for same processor model as my processor, but
they do indicate "not everything OK" situation with latest Intel
microcodes.

https://lists.debian.org/debian-security-announce/2019/msg00237.html

My laptop computer was made by Dell, and Dell has been really good
at providing new BIOS updates (that don't require Microsoft OS to
update). More than once they have provided new BIOS to fix some
security flaw that was still embargoed. The information about that
security flaw then became publically known later after embargo
ended.

Now that I have learned about the instability of latest two
microcode updates for my laptop's processor, it isn't difficult to
connect the dots why Dell is still shipping 3rd latest microcode
in their latest BIOS update for that laptop computer.

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Jari Ruusu 4096R/8132F189 12D6 4C3A DCDA 0AA4 27BD ACDF F073 3C80 8132 F189

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