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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2018 8:16 pm    Post subject: [SOLVED] Firmware version or date? Reply with quote

OK, got a bit of confusing output from the Intel microcode tool. SHould I go for the newest firmware (2015-08-02) or the highest revision?
Code:

selected microcodes:
  063/001: sig 0x00010670, pf_mask 0x80, 2007-02-09, rev 0x0005, size 4096
  064/001: sig 0x00010671, pf_mask 0x80, 2007-03-29, rev 0x0106, size 4096
  064/002: sig 0x00010671, pf_mask 0x44, 2007-03-29, rev 0x0106, size 4096
  064/003: sig 0x00010671, pf_mask 0x10, 2007-03-29, rev 0x0106, size 4096
  064/004: sig 0x00010671, pf_mask 0x01, 2007-03-29, rev 0x0106, size 4096
  065/001: sig 0x00010674, pf_mask 0x80, 2007-07-20, rev 0x0405, size 4096
  065/002: sig 0x00010674, pf_mask 0x44, 2007-06-08, rev 0x0404, size 4096
  065/003: sig 0x00010674, pf_mask 0x10, 2007-06-08, rev 0x0404, size 4096
  065/004: sig 0x00010674, pf_mask 0x01, 2007-06-08, rev 0x0404, size 4096
  066/001: sig 0x00010676, pf_mask 0x91, 2015-08-02, rev 0x0612, size 4096
  066/002: sig 0x00010676, pf_mask 0x54, 2008-01-19, rev 0x060c, size 4096
  066/003: sig 0x00010676, pf_mask 0x44, 2010-09-29, rev 0x060f, size 4096
  066/004: sig 0x00010676, pf_mask 0x40, 2015-08-02, rev 0x0612, size 4096
  066/005: sig 0x00010676, pf_mask 0x04, 2015-08-02, rev 0x0612, size 4096
  067/001: sig 0x00010677, pf_mask 0x10, 2015-08-02, rev 0x070d, size 4096
  067/002: sig 0x00010677, pf_mask 0x01, 2007-10-26, rev 0x0701, size 4096
  068/001: sig 0x0001067a, pf_mask 0xb1, 2015-07-29, rev 0x0a0e, size 8192
  068/002: sig 0x0001067a, pf_mask 0x44, 2015-07-29, rev 0x0a0e, size 8192

As you can see, 67 offers a newer date by three days, but 68 offers a higher revision. Which should I be using?
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2018 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You should use the one that matches your CPU, we have multiple threads here about it.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/Intel_microcode

Code:
# iucode_tool -S
iucode_tool: system has processor(s) with signature 0x000806e9


Code:
# iucode_tool -S -l /lib/firmware/intel-ucode/*
...
microcode bundle 170: /lib/firmware/intel-ucode/06-8e-09
...
selected microcodes:
  170/001: sig 0x000806e9, pf_mask 0xc0, 2018-03-24, rev 0x008e, size 98304
  171/001: sig 0x000806ea, pf_mask 0xc0, 2018-05-15, rev 0x0096, size 98304
  172/001: sig 0x000806eb, pf_mask 0xc0, 2018-02-11, rev 0x0084, size 98304


Whatever signature "iucode_tool -S" tells you.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, it just clicked. I thought that "-S" showed minimal info and then "-S -l" listed only compatible firmwares. I see now that the first shows me my signature and the second lists all it thinks are compatible, but I have to compare signatures. My thought process was that the latter command would only list firmware which would work, not which wouldn't.
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