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Date:   Thu, 07 May 2020 03:11:25 +0200
From:   Thomas Gleixner <>
To:     Nelson D'Souza <>,
Cc:,,,, Tony Luck <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v1] x86/cpu/tsx: Change the TSX default from "off" to "auto"

Nelson D'Souza <> writes:
> There are now several commercially available processors that have h/w
> fixes for the TSX Async Abort (TAA) issue as indicated by enumerating
> Change the default setting to "auto" so that these CPUs will leave
> TSX enabled by default.

You are telling WHAT the patch does, but not the WHY.

It's completely uninteresting whether TAA is fixed in a particular CPU
simply because:

   1) TAA is only one particular issue of TSX.

   2) The main use case for TSX is to accelerate all sorts of
      speculation attacks and other malignances

   3) There is excatly ONE known use case which cares about TSX and we
      already discussed to death that the machines on which that use
      case runs have admins which are capable of adding tsx=on on the
      command line.

So unless you come up with some really convincing argument why this
should be changed, this is not going to happen.



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