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Re: Intel Core 2 CPUs are buggy. Patch your cpus :D
From: "James Matthews" <nytrokiss () gmail com>
Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2007 12:42:43 -0700

It's scary that these things cannot be patched. And this post will probably
result in intel taking down that document saying look now there are now no
holes!!!!

On 6/28/07, Peter Ferrie <pferrie () symantec com> wrote:

>   - Basically the MMU simply does not operate as specified/implimented
>     in previous generations of x86 hardware.  It is not just buggy, but
>     Intel has gone further and defined "new ways to handle page tables"
>     (see page 58).

I'm not sure about this - I understood it to mean that if you touch a
table, you have to invalidate the TLB that corresponds to its linear
address.  This was always how Intel CPUs behaved, even the old ones.
What changed?

>   - Some of these bugs are along the lines of "buffer overflow"; where
>     a write-protect or non-execute bit for a page table entry is
ignored.

Same thing here - altering tables without flushing the TLBs will result in
cached data being used instead.  Intel is documenting it very well now,
but
it's not new behaviour.

>     Others are floating point instruction non-coherencies, or memory
>     corruptions -- outside of the range of permitted writing for the
>     process -- running common instruction sequences.

The FPU memory corruption is old behaviour, too.

Certainly, there are some scary things in the list, but many of them are
behaviours that are being documented for the first time, yet they exist
in CPUs since even the 486, for example.

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