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SubjectRe: x86: Meltdown/Spectre_v2 status
On Fri, Jan 12, 2018 at 10:44:48PM +0100, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> Folks!
> After 10 days of frenzy following the disclosure of the mess, I'm at a
> point where I think that the current set which we have in Linus tree and
> the pending patches in tip:x86/pti plus one not yet applied patch (RSB on
> context switch) have reached a state where the main targets are covered
> even on skylake:
> 1) Meltdown is addressed
> 2) Retpoline mostly covered if we have working compilers some day
> 3) RSB after vmexit and on context switch (pending)
> plus the infrastructure and basic building blocks are in place.
> That's what is going to be in 4.15 (unless Linus goes berserk on the pull
> requests)

And for those who are curious (I was) it looks like the BPF variant 1
fix has already been merged into Linus' tree.

> and next week should be focussed on eventual fallout, fixes and
> small corrections here and there. Also to spend some time on taming the
> backlog of our inboxes a bit. There is also stuff happening outside of this
> which needs our attention and care.
> I want to say thanks to everyone involved and I want to apologize if I went
> overboard or offended someone in the course of the discussions.
> Surely we all know there is room for improvements, but we also have reached
> a state where the remaining issues are not longer to be treated in full
> emergency and panic mode. We're good now, but not perfect.
> The further RSB vs. IBRS discussion has to be settled in the way we
> normally work. We need full documentation, proper working micro code and
> actual comparisons of the two approaches vs. performance, coverage of
> attack vectors and code complexity/ugliness.
> We all are exhausted and at our limits and I think we can agree that having
> the most problematic stuff covered is the right point to calm down and put
> the heads back on the chickens. Take a break and have a few drinks at least
> over the weekend!
> To be honest the last 10 days were more horrible than the whole PTI work
> due to lack of documentation, 12 different opinions when asking 8 people
> (why does this have a lawyer smell?) and an amazing amount of half baken
> and hastily cobbled together crap.
> Please lets stop this and return to normality now.


Thomas, amazing job distilling some sanity out of the pandemonium.

For future patch submissions, I would ask everyone to at least add to To: or Cc: (along with lkml). It's not only good
etiquette to help the x86 maintainers, but it also gives those us not
directly on Cc: a way to filter the patches into our inboxes.


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