Meltdown and Spectre: The response from CentOS

Thursday, 18, January 2018 Rich Bowen kernel, security, upgrades No Comments

As you are no doubt well aware, the Meltdown and Spectre bugs are hardware flaws in Intel and AMD chips, and have been all over the tech news for the last few weeks. If you need to get up to speed on what they’re all about, we recommend this great blog post.

CentOS, meanwhile, has not been idle, and has rolled out new kernels for CentOS 6 and CentOS 7 in response, both of which were announced on January 4th. ISO images were made available on January 8th.

Docker containers were made available on January 9th.

EC2 cloud images typically take a few extra days, and will be announced on the centos-announce mailing list.

On January 17th, Johnny Hughes announced an update to the microcode.dat on CentOS 6. You can read more about that in his tweet, and in this mailing list message.

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