Intel to Prohibit to Publish Benchmark Tests' Results

Let's try to figure out how this new 'policy' may be related to Meltdown and Specter vulnerabilities
24 August 2018   1160

Intel has made changes to the license agreement for the updated microcode of its processors. The text mentions the ban on publishing performance testing results. Under the new conditions, users are not allowed to run benchmarks if their results are planned to be shown to third parties.

One of the leaders of Open Source movement Bruce Perens drew attention to the changes. Because the microcode is used for all instructions, the rules apply to the entire processor. At the same time, the ban even applies to performance tests written by users themselves.

Perens believes that the changes in the agreement are due to the company's fear of losing part of the sales. Microcode updates cover vulnerabilities like Meltdown and Specter and reduce processor performance by 5-10%, which can scare off buyers.

According to Bruce Perens, Intel is trying to keep silent about possible problems and makes customers act the same way. He believes that companies should publish updates, but the final decision should be left for users. Vulnerabilities are more dangerous for cloud service providers, so for most common users security patches are not relevant.

The mass release of security updates for processors began in January 2018. Intel found a serious vulnerability, which allows reading information from the kernel's private memory.

Node.js v12.0.0 to be Rolled Out

It has giant list of updates, improvements and changes
24 April 2019   498

The release of Node.js 12.0.0, a platform for executing network applications in JavaScript, is available. Node.js 12.0 refers to branches with a long period of support, but this status will be assigned only in October, after stabilization. Updates for LTS branches are issued for 3 years. Support for the last LTS branch of Node.js 10.0 will last until April 2021, and the year before last LTS-branch 8.0 until January 2020. Support for the intermediate branch Node.js 11.0 will be discontinued in June 2019. The lifetime of the LTS branch 6.0 will end on April 30.

These are some of the large list of updates and new staff:

  • V8 engine was updated to version 7.4 with support for asynchronous stack traces, increasing await performance, parsing JavaScript and calls when the actual and declared number of arguments does not match;
  • TLS 1.3 is now¬†supported in the tls module and TLS 1.0 / 1.1 is shutdown by default;
  • Enhancing protection and checks on the size of allocated memory in the Buffer class;

Get more info at official website.