I really appreciate all you help and responses.
The changelog is somewhat confusing to me on the intel-microcode package I have located and installed in Synaptic Package Manager.
I will uninstall the intel-microcode package on Computer 1
as suggested by michael louwe .
paul@Paul-Lenovo-m57p ~ $ inxi -S
System: Host: Paul-Lenovo-m57p Kernel: 4.4.0-98-generic x86_64 (64 bit)
Desktop: MATE 1.8.1 Distro: Linux Mint 17 Qiana
paul@Paul-Lenovo-m57p ~ $ inxi -C
CPU: Dual core Intel Core2 Duo E6550 (-MCP-) cache: 4096 KB
clock speeds: max: 2333 MHz 1: 2000 MHz 2: 2000 MHz
paul@Paul-Lenovo-m57p ~ $ dmesg | grep microcode
[ 1.411262] microcode: CPU0 sig=0x6fb, pf=0x1, revision=0xba
[ 1.411272] microcode: CPU1 sig=0x6fb, pf=0x1, revision=0xba
[ 1.411310] microcode: Microcode Update Driver: v2.01 <firstname.lastname@example.org
>, Peter Oruba
paul@paul-Compaq-nc6400 ~ $ inxi -S
System: Host: paul-Compaq-nc6400 Kernel: 4.4.0-109-generic i686 (32 bit)
Desktop: MATE 1.16.2 Distro: Linux Mint 18.1 Serena
paul@paul-Compaq-nc6400 ~ $ inxi -C
CPU: Dual core Intel T2400 (-MCP-) cache: 2048 KB
clock speeds: max: 1833 MHz 1: 1833 MHz 2: 1833 MHz
paul@paul-Compaq-nc6400 ~ $ dmesg | grep microcode
[ 2.945260] microcode: CPU0 sig=0x6e8, pf=0x20, revision=0x39
[ 2.945270] microcode: CPU1 sig=0x6e8, pf=0x20, revision=0x39
[ 2.945353] microcode: Microcode Update Driver: v2.01 <email@example.com
>, Peter Oruba
Does this all mean that my computers with the old CPU's such as I have will never be patched with microcode from Intel for Spectre 1 and 2? I believe both Computers
CPU's are older than 10 years. Since I am now understanding that the Meltown situation is patched via a kernel update to --> 4.4.0-109-generic <--- which I was able to easily update with update manager on Computer 2
since It's operating Mint 18.1 Serena.
Spectre Vulnerability Check
----> located here http://xlab.tencent.com/special/spectre ... check.html
reports negative on both computers.
The Spectre/Meltdown checker found here
reports slightly better on Computer 2
due to the kernel upgrade to 4.4.0-109-generic I think. Stating CVE-2017-5753 [bounds check bypass] aka 'Spectre Variant 1'
* Checking count of LFENCE opcodes in kernel: YES
> STATUS: NOT VULNERABLE (744 opcodes found, which is >= 70, heuristic to be improved when official patches become available)
all other output/element of the scan are listed as vulnerable.
1. Question please
What are your suggestions I do with Computer 1
which is operating Mint 17 Qiana? I would prefer to not just be told I need to update the operating system and that's my only option if at all possible. That would not help with the microcode issue either.
2. Question please
How would I more easily be able to tell what age or whatnot my CPU is; would that be available by entering into bios and getting the date there?
3. Question please
I believe the intel-microcode package displayed in Synaptic Package Manager on Computer 2
was installed by default should I leave it installed then on Computer 2
? Whereis I uninstall the intel-microcode package I installed on Computer 1
Thank you all for your time and help.