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From: "Artem S. Tashkinov" <>
Subject: Disabling CPU vulnerabilities workarounds
Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2018 21:33:46 +0500
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Hello LKML,

As time goes by more and more fixes of Intel/AMD/ARM CPUs 
vulnerabilities are added to the Linux kernel without a simple way to 
disable them all in one fell swoop.

Disabling is a good option for strictly confined environments where no 
3d party untrusted code is ever to be run, e.g. a rendering farm, a 
supercomputer, or even a home server which runs Samba/SSH server and 
nothing else.

I wonder if someone could wrote a patch which implemented the following 
two options for the kernel:

* A boot option option which allows to disable most runtime 
protections/workarounds/fixes (as far as I understand some of them can't 
be reverted since they are compiled in or use certain GCC flags), e.g. 
let's call it "insecure" or "insecurecpumode".

* A compile-time CONFIG_ option which disables all these fixes 
_permanently_ without a way to turn them later back on during runtime.

Right now linux/Documentation/admin-guide/kernel-parameters.txt is a 
mess of various things which take ages to sift through and there's zero 
understanding whether you've found everything and correctly disabled it.

Best regards,

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Thread overview: 5+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2018-08-23 16:33 Artem S. Tashkinov [this message]
2018-08-25 10:42 Artem S. Tashkinov
2018-08-25 18:39 ` Casey Schaufler
2018-08-25 23:28   ` Artem S. Tashkinov
2018-08-26 20:54     ` Casey Schaufler

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