At one point, the following code was added to the part of the kernel that brings the system out of a low-power state:
; Invalidate the processor cache so that any stray gamma
; rays (I'm serious) that may have flipped cache bits
; while in S1 will be ignored.
; Honestly. The processor manufacturer asked for this.
; I'm serious.
I'm not sure what the thinking here is. I mean, if the cache might have been zapped by a stray gamma ray, then couldn't RAM have been zapped by a stray gamma ray, too? Or is processor cache more susceptible to gamma rays than RAM? The person who wrote the comment seems to share my incredulity.
Less than three weeks later, the INVD instruction was commented out. But the comment block remains.
Windows kernel once had code to deal with gamma rays
Posted on Wednesday, Nov 21 2018 @ 10:19 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck