[Beowulf] RHEL7 kernel update for L1TF vulnerability breaks RDMA

John Hearns hearnsj at googlemail.com
Thu Aug 23 12:11:03 PDT 2018


https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/08/21/intel_cpu_patch_licence/

https://perens.com/2018/08/22/new-intel-microcode-license-restriction-is-not-acceptable/



On Tue, 21 Aug 2018 at 16:18, Lux, Jim (337K) <james.p.lux at jpl.nasa.gov>
wrote:

>
>
> ´╗┐On 8/21/18, 1:37 AM, "Beowulf on behalf of Chris Samuel" <
> beowulf-bounces at beowulf.org on behalf of chris at csamuel.org> wrote:
>
>     On Tuesday, 21 August 2018 3:27:59 AM AEST Lux, Jim (337K) wrote:
>
>     > I'd find it hard to believe that Intel's CPU designers sat around
>     > implementing deliberate flaws ( the Bosch engine controller for VW
> model).
>
>     Not to mention that Spectre variants affected AMD, ARM & IBM (at
> least).
>
>     This publicly NSA funded research ("The Intel 80x86 processor
> architecture:
>     pitfalls for secure systems") from 1995 has an interesting section:
>
>     https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/398934/
>
> https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/2209/42809262c17b6631c0f6536c91aaf7756857.pdf
>
>     Section 3.10 - Cache and TLB timing channels
>
>     which warns (in generalities) about the use of MSRs and the use of
> instruction
>     timing as side channels.
>
>
>
> Such vulnerabilities have existed since the early days of computers.  As
> processors and use cases have gotten more complex they're harder to find.
>
> This is why back in "orange book" days there's the whole "system high"
> mode of operation - basically "air gap, you, or things you trust, are the
> only one on the machine"
>
>
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