[PATCH 0/3][SRU][XENIAL] Fix deadlock on task switches with new microcode

Tyler Hicks tyhicks at canonical.com
Thu Apr 5 06:02:52 UTC 2018

The [PATCH 0/3] portion of the subject line is incorrect. There are only
two patches in the Xenial set.


On 04/05/2018 12:56 AM, Tyler Hicks wrote:
> BugLink: https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/1759920
> [Impact]
> Some systems experience kernel lockups after updating to the latest
> intel-microcode package or when receiving updated microcode from a BIOS update.
> In many cases, the lockups occur before users can reach the login screen which
> makes it very difficult to debug/workaround.
> [Test Case]
> The most reliable test case currently known is to install the sssd package.
> Lockups may occur during package installation (disable IBPB by writing 0 to
> /proc/sys/kernel/ibpb_enabled to prevent this from happening). A lockup will
> most likely occur just after booting the system up as the lock screen is
> displayed.
> [Regression Potential]
> The fix is in the task switching code of the kernel so complexity of the change
> is relatively high.
> [Other Information]
> To ease the backport and reduce a chance of regression, I've removed the logic
> in the second patch that doesn't use IBPB when switching from a process, to a
> kernel idle thread, and then back to the original process. This could inflict
> some performance penalty on non-dumpable processes.

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