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Re: [opensuse-factory] Leap 15.0 and the ucode-xxx patches
  • From: Michal Kubecek <mkubecek@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 12 Jan 2018 07:38:34 +0100
  • Message-id: <1791784.AOdeZLv2Dz@alaris>
On Friday, 12 January 2018 6:54 Basil Chupin wrote:
I note that the latest Leap 15.0 build, 84.1, contains the ucode
patches for the Spectre and the Meltdown "oopsies"; the one for Intel
has a build date of 23 November and the one for the AMD has build date
of 4 December.

Are these patches sufficient to protect Leap 15.0 testers/users
considering how early those patches were built?

Date shouldn't be a problem, both Intel and AMD knew about the problem
for some time and prepared the microcode updates in advance. On the
other hand, openSUSE-15.0 kernel doesn't have necessary patches yet
(openSUSE 15.0 is still beta so that it has to wait until the work on
released products/versions is finished).

If you are using 15.0 on a "real" system, I guess the least painful way
around is to switch to Kernel:stable repository for some time, e.g. by

zypper ar -p 95 kernel-stable

This way you get essentially a Tumbleweed kernel.

Michal Kubeček

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