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

Stefan Bader stefan.bader at
Thu Apr 5 07:06:44 UTC 2018

On 05.04.2018 07:56, Tyler Hicks wrote:
> BugLink:
> [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.

Reminder to sync BugLink and CVE references to both patches.

Acked-by: Stefan Bader <stefan.bader at>

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