I did get a recent BIOS upgrade from Asus, it now shows non-vulnerable for both variants of Spectre and for Meltdown with 3.13.0-33 kernel, so I'm good, don't know how this might impact folks with other motherboards.
-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_- Eskimo North Linux Friendly Internet Access, Shell Accounts, and Hosting. Knowledgeable human assistance, not telephone trees or script readers. See our web site: http://www.eskimo.com/ (206) 812-0051 or (800) 246-6874. On Sat, 10 Feb 2018, Henrique de Moraes Holschuh wrote: > Date: Sat, 10 Feb 2018 02:31:54 -0000 > From: Henrique de Moraes Holschuh <1748...@bugs.launchpad.net> > To: nan...@eskimo.com > Subject: [Bug 1748543] Re: intel-microcode when installed on an i7-6850k based > system running Artful breaks overclock > > Robert, you have a -K part, which officially "doesn't forbid" > overclocking as far as I know, and this is the only reason I have not > immediately closed this bug as invalid. > > It looks like now you get to find out if that means Intel *supports* > overclocking or not on -K processors, instead of just passively not > blocking it outright: start with ASUS support, it is possible that a > properly updated BIOS/UEFI would still allow overclocking on the new > microcode. > > For the record, updating the MSRs for overclocking *after* the microcode > is loaded on the processor, as opposed to updating the microcode *after* > the overclocking was done by the UEFI/BIOS *can* make all the > difference. That means your BIOS/UEFI needs to have the latest > microcode update (and you won't need the intel-microcode package). > > If ASUS can't help you, good luck contacting Intel about this... > > -- > You received this bug notification because you are subscribed to the bug > report. > https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/1748543 > > Title: > intel-microcode when installed on an i7-6850k based system running > Artful breaks overclock > > Status in intel-microcode package in Ubuntu: > New > > Bug description: > I have an I7-6850k machine Asus X99-A motherboard, 128GB memory with > Artful 17.10 installed. The official clock speed of this processor is > 3.6 Ghz, I have it clocked at 4.3 Ghz, however, if I install the > intel-microcode package, the machine ignores the BIOS settings and > reverts to 3.6 Ghz. Since this package is necessary from a security > perspective I'm stuck with either being insecure or losing an enormous > amount of performance. > > ProblemType: Bug > DistroRelease: Ubuntu 17.10 > Package: intel-microcode (not installed) > ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.13.0-32.35-lowlatency 4.13.13 > Uname: Linux 4.13.0-32-lowlatency x86_64 > ApportVersion: 2.20.7-0ubuntu3.7 > Architecture: amd64 > CurrentDesktop: MATE > Date: Fri Feb 9 13:04:14 2018 > InstallationDate: Installed on 2017-05-05 (280 days ago) > InstallationMedia: Ubuntu-MATE 17.04 "Zesty Zapus" - Release amd64 (20170412) > SourcePackage: intel-microcode > UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to artful on 2017-10-20 (112 days ago) > > To manage notifications about this bug go to: > https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/intel-microcode/+bug/1748543/+subscriptions > -- You received this bug notification because you are a member of Ubuntu Bugs, which is subscribed to Ubuntu. https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/1748543 Title: intel-microcode when installed on an i7-6850k based system running Artful breaks overclock To manage notifications about this bug go to: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/intel-microcode/+bug/1748543/+subscriptions -- ubuntu-bugs mailing list email@example.com https://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/ubuntu-bugs