Here’s a quick guide on how to patch some of the many Linux distros against the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities! After spending the week monitoring each distribution, and deciding the best time to patch (after waiting for results).

Don’t forget to reboot your machine/server after applying the updates!


CentOS 7

x86_64

$ sudo yum clean all && yum install kernel-3.10.0-693.11.6.el7.x86_64
$ sudo reboot

Patched Kernel : kernel-3.10.0-693.11.6.el7.x86_64

Source: https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2018-January/022696.html


CentOS 6

x86_64

$ sudo yum clean all && yum install kernel-2.6.32-696.18.7.el6.x86_64
$ sudo reboot

Patched Kernel : kernel-2.6.32-696.18.7.el6.x86_64

i386

$ sudo yum clean all && yum install kernel-2.6.32-696.18.7.el6.i686
$ sudo reboot

Patched Kernel : kernel-2.6.32-696.18.7.el6.i686

Source: https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2018-January/022701.html


Ubuntu

x86_64

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
$ sudo reboot

Patched 16.04 LTS Kernel : linux-image-4.4.0-108-generic

Source: https://usn.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-3522-1/


Debian

x86_64

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
$ sudo reboot

Patched Kernel : linux-image-4.9.0-5-amd64

Source: https://packages.debian.org/stretch/kernel/linux-image-4.9.0-5-amd64


CloudLinux 7

x86_64

$ yum clean all --enablerepo=cloudlinux-updates-testing && yum update linux-firmware microcode_ctl && yum install kernel-3.10.0-714.10.2.lve1.5.8.el7 --enablerepo=cloudlinux-updates-testing
$ reboot

Patched Kernel : kernel-3.10.0-714.10.2.lve1.5.8.el7

Source: https://www.cloudlinux.com/cloudlinux-os-blog/entry/intel-cpu-bug-kernelcare-and-cloudlinux


CloudLinux 6

x86_64

$ yum clean all --enablerepo=cloudlinux-updates-testing && yum install kernel-2.6.32-896.16.1.lve1.4.50.el6 --enablerepo=cloudlinux-updates-testing
$ reboot

Patched Kernel : kernel-2.6.32-896.16.1.lve1.4.50.el6


Source: https://www.cloudlinux.com/cloudlinux-os-blog/entry/cloudlinux-6-kernel-updated-1-5

OpenVZ

x86_64

$ yum install vzkernel-2.6.32-042stab127.2.x86_64
$ reboot

Patched Kernel : vzkernel-2.6.32-042stab127.2.x86_64.rpm

Source: https://openvz.org/Download/kernel/rhel6/042stab127.2


Warning

At the time of posting, the kernel versions were the latest. If a new kernel is available, use the latest version.

If in doubt:

(centos, rhel, fedora, oracle, scientific linux)

$ yum update all

or (debian/ubuntu)

$ apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade

I’ll be adding more as I find stable releases.