Product Maintenance Research needed for CPU Vulnerability

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Last Modified Date : 20/09/2018
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Introduction:
Informational request for Easytrieve compatibility with IBM APAR OA54807.
Question:
Researching if Easytrieve Plus and Easytrive Plus/IMS will be impacted or requires maintenance to support a z/OS APAR. IBM has released the z/OS maintenance for the Meltdown/Spectre CPU Vulnerability. One APAR OA54807 has holddata that requires that all ISV products be contacted, to make check if they need maintenance to support this APAR. 
Environment:
Easytrieve 11.6-c, Easytrieve 11.6 
z/OS 2.2 
Answer:
Our Easytrieve Sustaining Engineers did a parallel test with the IBM maintenance (APAR OA54807), and can report the following; 
 
Easytrieve was tested for the Spectre/Meltdown impact. The impact was minimal, about 1% additional CPU usage. No problems were encountered. 
Additional Information:
Information on IBM APAR OA54807 can be found at;
http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=isg1OA54807

OA54807: NEW FUNCTION: OSPROTECT system parameter
A fix is available
Obtain the fix for this APAR.

APAR status
Closed as new function.
Error description
In support of NEW FUNCTION
Local fix
Problem summary
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* USERS AFFECTED: Users of HBB77A0 *
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* PROBLEM DESCRIPTION: NEW FUNCTION: System parameter *
* OSPROTECT specifies the operating *
* system protection mode for *
* unauthorized programs and users. *
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* RECOMMENDATION: *
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This APAR introduces the OSPROTECT system parameter which
specifies the operating system protection mode for unauthorized
programs and users.

See the documentation for more information.
Problem conclusion
This APAR introduces the OSPROTECT system parameter which
specifies the operating system protection mode for unauthorized
programs and users.

See http://publibz.boulder.ibm.com/zoslib/pdf/OA54807.pdf for
full publication updates. This URL is case-sensitive.

SA23-1380 - z/OS MVS Initialization and Tuning Reference
The system parameter OSPROTECT is introduced.

SA38-0667 - z/OS MVS System Management Facilities (SMF)
The SMF30CAS_OA54589 field has been added at offset 188
(X'BC') in the Processor Accounting section of SMF record type
30.

SA23-1394 - z/OS MVS Programming: Extended Addressability Guide
The chapter on creating and using subspaces is updated and a
section on authorized programs and subspaces is added.

GA32-0905 - z/OS MVS Diagnosis: Tools and Service Aids
In the "System trace" chapter, information about SSID 0151
has been added to the "SSRV trace entries" topic.

GA32-0904 - z/OS MVS Diagnosis: Reference
Information about octo frames has been added to the RSMDATA
SUMMARY subcommand output.

SA38-0665 - z/OS MVS System Codes
System completion code 0C4 in the 0Cx section is updated.

SA38-0673 - z/OS MVS System Messages, Vol 6 (GOS-IEA)
The IEA987I message is added to indicate that a parameter
value requires support that is not available on the system.