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Re: Going ahead with non-free-firmware



On Fri, 2016-01-15 at 14:07 +0100, Marco d'Itri wrote:
> On Jan 15, chrysn <chrysn@fsfe.org> wrote:
> 
> > Right now microcode does not fit in that middle ground from either 1)
> > (because no DMA to protect us) nor 2) (because things work without as
> > well). If, at some future point in time, CPUs do require microcode
> > updates, we might need to revisit this.
> CPUs *do* require microcode updates: to fix bugs.
> You can pretend that they still work well enough without updates, or 
> hope that they will come from the BIOS anyway, but this is something 
> that I recommend to my competitors.

Right.  Microcode bugs can cause data corruption and security holes -
both of which we consider RC.

Ben.

-- 
Ben Hutchings
The program is absolutely right; therefore, the computer must be wrong.

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