When will Google update kernel in Chromebooks

In the light or latest vulnerabilities found in Intel, AMD and some ARM processors found by Google researchers, everybody has summoned to create and install patches and fixes.

As an owner of one ARM Chromebook  currently running Linux Kernel Ver. 3.14.0 (Chrome OS after all updates installed) I am not sure whether it is subject of Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, but according to Kroah-Hartman one of the main Linux kernel maintainers:

“If you rely on any other kernel tree other than 4.4, 4.9, or 4.14 right now, and you do not have a distribution supporting you, you are out of luck. The lack of patches to resolve the Meltdown problem is so minor compared to the hundreds of other known exploits and bugs that your kernel version currently contains. You need to worry about that more than anything else at this moment, and get your systems up to date first. Also, go yell at the people who forced you to run an obsoleted and insecure kernel version, they are the ones that need to learn that doing so is a totally reckless act.”

Question still remains: when Google will push a more up to date kernel in Chromebooks.

These devices are very popular in the Schools, they are on the top list of most selling PCs in Amazon etc. In this mobile World today they are not niche computers anymore.

If Google want to increase their market share, they should take more care of them.


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