Spectre protection (Retpoline) was released for Kernel 4.9.77 and 4.14.14 by the Linux Kernel team on January 15, 2018. The Ubuntu Kernel team only released kernel version 4.9.77 on January 17, 2018 and have not published kernel version 4.14.14.
For the Meltdown patches (KPTI->KAISER->KASLR) the Ubuntu Kernel team released the Mainline Kernel updates at the same time for 4.9 and 14.14 but the Spectre patch is missing in 4.14:
- 4.9.74 Jan 2nd 9:10pm ....... 4.14.11 Jan 2nd 10:40pm
- 4.9.75 Jan 5th 4:20pm ........ 4.14.12 Jan 5th 5:40pm
- 4.9.76 Jan 10th 10:20am .... 4.14.13 Jan 10th 10:50am
- 4.9.77 Jan 17th 10:20am .... 4.14.14 Missing
Mainline/Stable Ubuntu Kernel version 4.14.14 is still missing as of Jan 20th 5:46pm. Three days late and counting... I like to test the latest stable kernels and this is even more important now with the Spectre security hole.
I've googled for reasons but came up empty handed. Is there a newsletter or something that would explain why? Or is it as simple as someone forgot to push a button?
NOTE: Spectre protection is not being provided for LTS Kernels 4.4 and 3.18 by the Linux Kernel team however they have updated
sysfs to indicate Spectre vulnerability. So far the only LTS Kernel versions offering Spectre protection are 4.9 and 4.14.
Current Release Candidate (experimental kernel) 4.15 will soon have Spectre protection. Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic Beaver) will be based upon 4.15 in April when it is no longer a Release Candidate and becomes a Mainline/Stable Kernel.
End of Story
Thanks to Thomas Ward's help I got in touch with the Ubuntu Kernel Team and Mainline/Stable Ubuntu Kernel version 4.14.14 was published January 20, 2018 at 1:10pm.