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Re: Meltdown & Spectre

From: Giovanni Biscuolo
Subject: Re: Meltdown & Spectre
Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2018 20:26:11 +0100

Hi znavko,

(and Foreshadow? [1])

I'm still not using GuixSD as my primary OS, just in a testing
environment, so I cat't help fully, but...

<address@hidden> writes:


> Also, how to embed necessary microcode?

AFAIK GuixSD does not provide CPU microcode updates because they are
non-free (not compatible with GNU FSDG)

there was a long thread on Jan 2018 on guix-devel:

I'm still reading it...

> Could you share your options in meltdown and spectre defense?

unfortunately some vulnerabilities cannot be fixed without microcode

maybe a dedicated GuixSD page on this topic could help better understand
the state of (very sad) affairs

AFAIK using a coreboot supported machine does not solve the problem, the
patched microcode is still needed

this is what Debian is doing:

...and no, the "terrible situation" is *not* limited to Intel, Ludo ;-)
e.g. on MIPS we _simply_ have no idea, we have to trust :-O

...and yes, we need **free software microcode** CPUs :-S

\me very sad


Giovanni Biscuolo

Xelera IT Infrastructures

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