IBRS suffix of CPU models in QEMU

user2965433 asked:

What is the difference between the IBRS suffix and no-suffix CPU models in QEMU?
Which one should I choose?

My answer:


The CPU model with the -IBRS suffix has Spectre V2 (CVE-2017-5715) mitigation turned on by default in the guest.

The CPU model without the suffix has the mitigation off by default.

Unless you have a specific, extremely compelling reason to not have this mitigation, you should always use the IBRS variant of the virtual CPU.


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