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Intel CPUs Massive Security Flaw issue

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robi:
"All Intel Processors Made in the Last Decade Might Have a Massive Security Flaw"
https://gizmodo.com/report-all-intel-processors-made-in-the-last-decade-mi-1821728240
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/01/02/intel_cpu_design_flaw/
https://www.postgresql.org/message-id/20180102222354.qikjmf7dvnjgbkxe@alap3.anarazel.de

I'm really starting to loose my trust in Intel. First ME, than this. Oh and the C2000 series bug...
I used to use AMD CPUs in the past, I switched to Intel about 15 years ago because AMDs tended to overheat etc. while Intels looked more trustworthy, they costed more but had less compromises at that time than AMDs (the era of Athlons and Durons).
I wonder how do AMDs perform these days...? I definitely intend to start looking at AMDs in my next projects....

Anyways, the big questions are:
- do we get (and when) a kernel update to pfSense to address this issue
- how much performance decrease should we espect. Thinking here of Atoms especially, C2000 series (like the famous Supermicro A1SRi-2758F and its brothers board, used by thousands of us in pfSense)

ivor:
No FreeBSD patches as yet.

robi:
Hmm. I really hope if there will be such a patch, performance loss will only affect Intel CPUs; KPTI (Kernel Page Table Isolation) routine would only be activated if the processor is detected as being an Intel...

ivor:
This is a brand new issue so we don't have much of information yet.

Hugovsky:
Intel is just becoming more and more disappointing. I think it's time to start looking to AMD or others...

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