Response to Meltdown and Spectre
frank2 at fjl.co.uk
Mon Feb 5 16:19:48 UTC 2018
On 2018-02-05 15:57, Matthias Apitz wrote:
> El día lunes, febrero 05, 2018 a las 02:37:20p. m. +0100, Polytropon
>> > For all production server I run any reboot that is not scheduled by admins
>> > is ultimate disaster, so it is equivalent to "bricked" machine. That
>> > hardware can not be further used as production server, but "mere" fact or
>> > reboot is ultimate disaster itself.
>> While this is not the established meaning of "bricked", it it
>> definitely an understandable (!) interpretation of the term.
> For me "bricked" in addition to "unusable" means: there is no software
> way any more to change the fault because the hardware does not boot up
> into a state where it could read(...) any attempts to change somethinb.
> device is now "dark" and does not communicate anymore by no means.
> Only a hardware change (for example replace some chip) would help.
I'd go further - something is only bricked to me when I can't fix it
using a rework station. It's been done...
HOWEVER, Polytropon et al make a very good point - if the software
update means the device is no longer usable for its intended purpose
then it might as well have bricked it. The effect is the same.
More information about the freebsd-questions