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    Phoronix: Ubuntu 16.04.4 LTS Delayed Due To Spectre & Meltdown

    Ubuntu 16.04.4 LTS had been scheduled to ship mid-February as the latest point release for this Long Term Support release, but unfortunately that is not going to happen as planned due to the Canonical kernel developers being overloaded by Spectre and Meltdown mitigation work...

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    InsideJob 'upgrade' was a poor choice of keyword that's been made some 15 years ago, they can't change it now as it would break for bunch of people and there are no compelling reasons to do so (rename 'upgrade' and 'update' which should really be 'update' and 'sync').

    Downgrading packages is typically done for good reasons and after long discussion in distro channels, e.g. something broke. Generally distro package maintainers 'know better' than users.

    Originally posted by
    2018-01-22 - Marc Deslauriers <[email protected]> intel-microcode (3.20180108.0+really20170707ubuntu17.10.1) artful-security; urgency=medium * Revert to 20170707 version of microcode because of regressions on certain hardware. (LP: #1742933)
    Originally posted by
    USN-3531-1 updated Intel microcode to the 20180108 release. Regressions
    were discovered in the microcode updates which could cause system
    instability on certain hardware platforms. At the request of Intel, we have
    reverted to the previous packaged microcode version, the 20170707 release.
    E.g. 'safest' thing to do here is to downgarde and wait for intel to update the microcode package. IIRC they already did this in some form because I remember somebody else complaining about CPU specific microcodes being downgraded in Intel microcode package.
    Last edited by ; 28 January 2018, 08:13 AM.


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      Originally posted by InsideJob View Post

      Oh, BTW, Intel's mitigated microcode "works fine for me" ™ on my Skylake lappy. Maybe if they stopped deploying stealth DOWNGRADES when I say APT UPGRADE they'd make more progress.

      apt policy intel-microcode
      Installed: 3.20180108.0~ubuntu17.10.1
      Candidate: 3.20180108.0+really20170707ubuntu17.10.1
      Version table:
      3.20180108.0+really20170707ubuntu17.10.1 500
      500 artful-updates/main amd64 Packages
      500 artful-security/main amd64 Packages
      *** 3.20180108.0~ubuntu17.10.1 100
      100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
      3.20170707.1 500
      500 artful/restricted amd64 Packages
      "Upgrade" wasn't a request I made for Ubuntu management to approve... so I had to apt-mark hold the package.
      It was reverted back in Debian too as posted by Intel advisory on january 22 (go to Intel site where you can't now find these 20180108 firmwares latest is reverted back there too to 20171117), where they said how they found root cause of reported reboots and fixes will be next week in beta form, etc...

      Probably some CPU were not affected by sudden reboots by these firmwares, but many are... today Intel pushed new update on Windows and again these are only in beta form and so on:

      • For most users – An automatic update available via the Microsoft® Update Catalog which disables ‘Spectre’ variant 2 (CVE 2017-5715) mitigations without a BIOS update. This update supports Windows 7 (SP1), Windows 8.1, and all versions of Windows 10 - client and server
        1. For advanced users – refer to the following Knowledge Base (KB) articles
      • a) KB4073119: IT Pro Guidance

        b) KB4072698: Server Guidance
      • Both of these options eliminate the risk of reboot or other unpredictable system behavior associated with the original microcode update and retain mitigations for ‘Spectre’ variant 1 and ‘Meltdown’ variant 3 until new microcode can be loaded on the system.
      AFAIU this they today just disabled Spectre v2 mitigations for machines without BIOS update until new microcodes came in... so everthing is fine and not fine in the same time, to be continued...
      Last edited by dungeon; 27 January 2018, 07:31 PM.