Kernel – GCC and ‘Retpoline’..

The recent summary of Kernel 4.15 mentioned the test for ‘compliant’ versions of GCC which fully support the retpoline mitigation, but only gave an example of non-compliance: With GCC 7.2: ~]$ cat /sys/devices/system/cpu/vulnerabilities/spectre_v2  Vulnerable: Minimal generic ASM retpoline I re-created … Continue reading

Kernel – 4.15 Final, at Last..

Kernel 4.15 is – finally – released, and an overview of changes since -rc9 is here:  http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1801.3/02794.html The latest NVIDIA drivers – 384.111 and 390.12 – compile and load OK, and VMware 14.1.1 is also OK. It is worth mentioning … Continue reading