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authorThomas Lendacky <>2019-01-31 14:33:06 +0000
committerBorislav Petkov <>2019-01-31 16:54:32 +0100
commit912139cfbfa6a2bc1da052314d2c29338dae1f6a (patch)
parent0b053bbf07867c9942d706e70040398df59de54b (diff)
x86/microcode/amd: Don't falsely trick the late loading mechanism
The load_microcode_amd() function searches for microcode patches and attempts to apply a microcode patch if it is of different level than the currently installed level. While the processor won't actually load a level that is less than what is already installed, the logic wrongly returns UCODE_NEW thus signaling to its caller reload_store() that a late loading should be attempted. If the file-system contains an older microcode revision than what is currently running, such a late microcode reload can result in these misleading messages: x86/CPU: CPU features have changed after loading microcode, but might not take effect. x86/CPU: Please consider either early loading through initrd/built-in or a potential BIOS update. These messages were issued on a system where SME/SEV are not enabled by the BIOS (MSR C001_0010[23] = 0b) because during boot, early_detect_mem_encrypt() is called and cleared the SME and SEV features in this case. However, after the wrong late load attempt, get_cpu_cap() is called and reloads the SME and SEV feature bits, resulting in the messages. Update the microcode level check to not attempt microcode loading if the current level is greater than(!) and not only equal to the current patch level. [ bp: massage commit message. ] Fixes: 2613f36ed965 ("x86/microcode: Attempt late loading only when new microcode is present") Signed-off-by: Tom Lendacky <> Signed-off-by: Borislav Petkov <> Cc: "H. Peter Anvin" <> Cc: Ingo Molnar <> Cc: Thomas Gleixner <> Cc: x86-ml <> Link:
1 files changed, 1 insertions, 1 deletions
diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/microcode/amd.c b/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/microcode/amd.c
index 51adde0a0f1a..e1f3ba19ba54 100644
--- a/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/microcode/amd.c
+++ b/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/microcode/amd.c
@@ -855,7 +855,7 @@ load_microcode_amd(bool save, u8 family, const u8 *data, size_t size)
if (!p) {
return ret;
} else {
- if (boot_cpu_data.microcode == p->patch_id)
+ if (boot_cpu_data.microcode >= p->patch_id)
return ret;
ret = UCODE_NEW;