[Poll|Discussion] Spectre/Meltdown impact on legacy HW - what to do with it?

Discussion in 'Processors and Motherboards' started by Rand__, Jan 14, 2018.

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What will you do with old (unsupported) HW that is affected by Spectre/Meltdown

  1. Replace with newer hardware

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  2. Virtualize

    3 vote(s)
    30.0%
  3. Ignore issues and just continue using them (inc applying OS patches if avail)

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    70.0%
  1. Rand__

    Rand__ Well-Known Member

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    Just wondering what you guys will be doing with your older/unsupported HW.

    I run a bunch of legacy boxes that just had no need to get updated (consumer level Haswell's usually) that most likely will not see bios updates.

    Now I wonder whether patching OS might be enough (unlikely) and what to do with them... obviously not keen on replacing them when they are totally fine for the intended workload...

    I more or less ignored previous security issues since i usually was not directly affected or could turn off the function (Intel ME) but this one...
    Especially since a few of the boxes are not fire & forget but will have users on it...

    Happy to add further responses if you want to diversify.
     
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    wildpig1234 Well-Known Member

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    I only use my xeon to calculate pi and run cinebench ;).... was hoping for more discounts but hasn't happened.

    well intel stock got discounted a bit but was still hoping for more on that too....lol...
     
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  3. Rand__

    Rand__ Well-Known Member

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    If it only were Xeons I wouldnt worry too much either ... but tablets, phones, laptops and old pc's ...?

    Maybe partially not easily exploited but still vulnerable - and yes, probably just one more bug that does not get fixed but nevertheless ... :(
     
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    Evan Well-Known Member

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    Unless it’s doing shared hosting or your doing web browsing on it then probably not worry much , question is with the OS updates but no supported firmware updates will it just slow down a lot and you want to move it along anyway ?

    Thankfully I am getting out of anything more than a generation or 2 old so all will have updates.
     
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    Rand__ Well-Known Member

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    Web browsing is likely on all end user devices ;)
    To a lesser extent (but not *never*) on the infrastructure boxes ...

    And as of now I didn't want to replace them, even with the potential impact as most devices are not cpu bound...
     
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    In process of refreshing my lab hardware with X11 and X10 systems. I don't plan to update for a couple of months till the dust settles down and the updates are relatively stable.

    My primary workstation is a haswell i7 which is probably the most at risk. I will probably just repurpose it for a low risk role and build a new one. Good opportunity to get a Ryzen or TR system.
     
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