Response to Meltdown and Spectre

Paul Pathiakis pathiaki2 at
Sat Feb 3 22:30:17 UTC 2018

The sudden reboots and non-starts have been tracked to the patch.

On 2/3/2018 11:37 AM, Christian Weisgerber wrote:
> On 2018-02-02, Paul Pathiakis via freebsd-questions <freebsd-questions at> wrote:
>> Intels patches have 'bricked' processors.  Yes, made them totally
>> unusable as they rushed them out the door.  They pulled them immediately
>> and told people to destroy them.
> That is wildly exaggerated.  I'm running several machines with the
> microcode updates that Intel later pulled--in fact I'm typing this
> on one of them--and nothing has been bricked.  Intel is extremely
> coy with details, but it stands to reason that the reliability
> problems that caused them to retract the microcode will only appear
> when the operating system actually uses the newly introduced
> IBRS/IBPB/STIBP features.

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