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Will I need to update my motherboard's BIOS for meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilitie?

Q: Will I need to update my motherboard's BIOS for meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilitie?

Will I need to update my IdeaCentre 71-25ISH motherboard's BIOS for Spectre vulnerabilities? I read here in the Reading Privileged Memory (https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/solutions/len-18282) with a Side Channel that Variant 2: Branch target injection (CVE-2017-5715)? Requires processor microcode updates Requires operating system updatesVulnerable to Spectre attackSo does "Requires processor microcode updates" = motherboard BIOS update? I see a line of infomation of stating Product: IdeaCentre 700Status: AffectedMinimum Version Required to Fix: FWKT86A Link to Update: http://support.lenovo.com/downloads/DS104868 Last Updated: 1/7/2018 I am posting here today because Monday Jan. 8 '18 I was told by Lenovo Support over the phone "there should be no need to update the motherboard BIOS".

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Recently bought a new msi gt62vr 7re gaming laptop and I'm quite terrified about the news...What should I do?Should I even worry?
 

 
MSI has just released a new BIOS today with:

;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; ;; ;; ;; MSI BIOS Release Notes ;; ;; ;; ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
 
Model : MS-16L2 (KBL)
MKT Name : GT62VR 7RD / GT62VR 7RE ;****************************************************************************; New BIOS : E16L2IMS.30C
ROM CheckSum : 2FCDH
Release Date : 2018/1/9
 
;--------------------------- Description ------------------------------------;
 
Update CPU microcode.
 
 

 

 
But I'm honestly quite scared of doing it after going through the instructions...What should I do?
 

 
 
Do you think I should even bother and risk updating the BIOS?I'm kind of thinking that the risk that I break something is higher than the risk that I get hacked with the Spectre vulnerability...I've never ever updated BIOS and I'm unable to take my laptop to any technician because of my disability.

A:Meltdown/Spectre BIOS update

MSI has a BIOS update (version E16L2IMS.30C) which addresses the recently discovered security flaw in Intel. ARM, and AMD processors.  This was released on 01/09/2018.  Is this the update you are considering?
 
How did you become aware of this update?
 
It was recently announced that Intel (and other manufacturers)  has a large security problem with their CPUs.  The BIOS update offered by MSI addresses this issue, Microsoft has released a update to address this as well.
 
Updating the BIOS (also known as flashing the BIOS) was fraught with potential problems which left enthusiasts wary of updating.  It had become the accepted norm not to update the BIOS unless there was a hardware change which required a BIOS update to resolve the issue.  But as you have read above there are now more important reasons to update the BIOS.  It is easier to do now, but you need to have a firm understanding of the steps involved in the process.  Have you read through the instructions in the manual for this computer?

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i'm told by various other forums and newsletters that along with the Microsoft update - installed yesterday - we also need a BIOS update (from manufacturers) with some kind of code from Intel, to fix the above flaws in our CPUs.
i searched the Toshiba downloads and updates page and the only BIOS updates are from 2012.
any news on Toshiba releasing a solution for this?

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As I know, Intel already published microcode updates for all Haswell CPU's, including mobile. At least, ASUS support confirmed, that BIOS of all MB for Haswell will be updated. Updated microcodes for Linux are already available. What about BIOS update for the Yoga 2 Pro with i7-4500U? Thank you in advance.

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Hello Lenovo team, We, the users of Y510P hereby request our laptops not be exclued from the security updates regarding Spectre/Meltdown. This is a serious issue and we need a serious support from your side.

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We are attempting to automate the BIOS upgrades to address CVE-2017-5715. This has been no problem thus far on our other Lenovo models that have released updates. However, with the X250 (both touch and non-touch) we receive the following error:   error 180 - bios part numbers do not match It actually does not matter what version of the BIOS we try to flash, lower or higher. The embedded controller will update through the automation but the BIOS will not. The weird thing is if you manually run WINUPTP64.exe it will update without issue. This is not a realistic solution with the number of devices we have. I will say that our X250s have an OEM only BIOS version installed which I suspect might be the issue?   1.19 1.19 (N10ET40W) 1.13 (N10HT14W) For factory use  

A:X250 And Spectre/Meltdown - Cannot Automate BIOS Update

I'll add that this BIOS version is on at least 435 of our X250s.

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Is there an estimate of when the BIOS update for the YOGA 910-131 KV 80VF notebooks, to address the Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities, will be available?  Will a notification be pushed out to users with 910s, or do I need to keep checking for availability myself?  Thanks.

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Hello all, when running the BIOS update utility with BIOS version GFET59WW from 3/13/2018 I get an error, that the firmware file does not fit the machine. Please support a valid BIOS update for Helix 3701. Thank you in advance! Best regards Gerrit 

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Hello together, does anyone know why the T430s Type 2356 is missing on the BIOS Update list at the following page?https://support.lenovo.com/de/de/solutions/len-18282 So far, only 2352, 2353, 2354 and 2355 are listed an scheduled for february. Will there be an update for the 2356? Thanks in advanceRegards

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Hi, On the list of BIOS update for Meltdown and Spectre, I can't find out the status of Lenovo M81 7517 and Lenovo M81 7517 B2U. Does it mean there is no impact for those 2 desktop? Thanks 

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Earlier today i Decided to give  Lenovo uk Tech support a call,  i want to know if my  ideapad Z580 was possibly on the vulnerable list for Meltdown & Spectre? Only to my complete astonishment the guy i spoke with said he had never even heard of Meltdown & Spectre, and had no idea what i was even talking aboutuntil he looked it up, then he just said to me  i wouldn't worry about it i were you,  W T F Lenovo.  So does anyone on here know if the ideapad Z580 is affected at all, I can't see it listed anywhere.   

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BIOS updates for Meltdown and Spectre - any info on when they will be ready/released?

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Will there be BIOS updates for the T410 to address the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities?

A:T410 BIOS updates for Meltdown and Spectre

Good day and welcome to the community.Please watch this page: https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/solutions/len-18282 for developing information.
 
As this topic is being addressed in the Security forum: https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Security-Malware/bd-p/Security_Malware please search and engage discussion there.
 
This thread is now locked to avoid duplication, which only splinters discussions.
Regards.

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I have a homebuilt workstation using an Intel motherboard and an Intel Processor (Sandy Bridge Xeon and S1200BTL). Am I just...completely out of luck for updates to address Meltdown and Spectre because this didn't come from an OEM, or will Intel release updates for their own hardware?
 
Thanks folks

A:Meltdown/Spectre Firmware/Bios for Homebuilt PC

No, it will depend of the company that made your motherboard.
 
For example, I just had a look at ASUS, and they are releasing BIOS updates with microcode updates (released by Intel). https://www.asus.com/us/support/FAQ/1035291
But you could be out of luck, when your motherboard manufacturer doesn't release new BIOS updates.
 
Although your OS could also help. What OS do you run on your workstation, Windows or Linux?

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Hello! I have a 3 year old Alienware 14. Does Dell plan on issuing BIOS updates to mitigate vulnerability to Meltdown and Spectre?

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It's almost 6 months now and lenovo has still not released a fix for the spectre/meltdown vulnarability. I paid good money for this laptop and with that, I expect good product support. Almost all the other laptops have received the patch, but Lenovo is taking too darn long. Dell has already released fixes for almost all of its laptops. At this point, I'm starting to regret my decision of buying this laptop. Either lenovo is severely understaffed or it simply does not care enough for its customers. Please don't tell me to watch the https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/solutions/LEN-18282 page because I check it everyday. This isn't the only area where lenovo has failed to provide adequate support for its products. They haven't updated their drivers in ages, thinking that their drivers are good enough. Well, as new Windows builds come along, there are more and more problems with the drivers as well, such as the display drivers. They need to update them. An update every 3-6 months would be greatly appreciated as well. Very bad after-sales support from lenovo. Feel free to reply/contradict my claims.....

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I have noticed since I updated my system because of the Spectre and Meltdown bug that my SSD's are not getting the same speeds as they were. I downloaded AS SSD benchmark previously and had checked my SSD's and they normally had run at around 450 mbps and 550 mbps. I have 3 SSD's in my system and of course have them all set to AHCI in the BIOS. I downloaded and flashed the new BIOS from Gigabyte's page. The bios version is named F23f (Update Intel ME for security vulnerabilities). Also downloaded and installed the new Chipset driver with the info on the side that says:Intel Management Engine Interface
(Note) Please update the latest BIOS for ME Firmware before installing this driver.
Update Intel ME for security vulnerabilities
Installed the new patch from Microsoft to Windows 10 1709 version KB4054517. I now have been experiencing slower SSD speeds especially for the "Write" speeds. "Read" speeds seem to be the same, if not slightly slower. Is anyone else noticing this? Thanks.
 

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I can't apply Microsoft updates to address the Meltdown/Spectre vulnerabilities until there is an update to the BIOS software from Lenovo. I have reviewed the support page that lists models targeted for updates, and I don't see mine listed: https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/solutions/len-18282 This is my main personal laptop, which I use for a lot of important tasks. If I can't apply this critical security update then it's worthless to me. This is not a very old machine, I would expect there to be some acknowledgement of it on that support page, but as far as I can see only newer Yoga models are being targeted for firmware patches. Please advise whether Lenovo intends to address this issue on this model.

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Hello,


I have a question about the Spectre and Meltdown update and the registry key that must be set for activating the update against spectre variant
2. After a little research I read on the Microsoft site, that you only must set the registry key on the server and not on the clients because the update on a client OS will set the registy key automatically. But when I check this on the clients, then is see
that the registry key is not set. So can any one tell me if the clients without the registry key are protected against the spectre variant 2? Or is it necessary to set the registry key manual on the clients, so the clients are protected? 


Regards,
Dave


 

 

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HelloI would like to install the O2TJY45USA firmware update for my Ideacentre 510-15IKL. I am running Linux Mint on the desktop. I could find the Windows10 updater .EXE on the pcsupport.lenovo.com website  so far. Does anybody knows if there is a bootable .ISO that I could use without Windows. The updater .EXE provided in the download package is called wflash2.exe which indicates that it is designed for the use with Windows10 and not FreeDOS or alike. Many thanks for your help

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Hi.

Just posting here because I have a Toshiba Satellite NB10t-A-101 and after running the checker tool available on the net regarding the machine vulnerability against Spectre and Meltdown, I am concerned by Spectre.

Here after a link to another thread where I arrived after a search.
https://forum.toshiba.eu/showthread.php?98147-BIOS-update-to-protect-against-Meltdown-and-Spectre
I include a link to a Toshiba page with some information on that critical subject.

Seems there is, as of today, no schedule date for my machine.

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Microsoft continues to work diligently with our industry partners to address the Spectre and Meltdown hardware-based vulnerabilities. Our top priority is clear: Help protect the safety and security of our customers? devices and data. Today, I?d like to provide an update on some of that work, including Windows security update availability for additional devices, our role in helping distribute available Intel firmware (microcode), and progress driving anti-virus compatibility.

Additional steps being taken to address Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities
Windows devices need both software and firmware updates to help protect them against these new vulnerabilities. Recently we added software coverage for x86 editions of Windows 10, and we continue to work to provide updates for other supported versions of Windows. You can find more information and a table of updated Windows editions in our Windows customer guidance article. We will update this documentation when new mitigations become available.

While firmware (microcode) security updates are not yet broadly available, Intel recently announced that they have completed their validations and started to release microcode for newer CPU platforms. Today, Microsoft will make available Intel microcode updates, initially for some Skylake devices running the most broadly installed version of Windows 10 ? the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update ? through the Microsoft Update Catalog, KB4090007. We will offer additional microcode upd... Read more

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I have 2 Lenovo products.  I am guessing the G50-45 is an IdeaPad and the Yoga 2Pro is a notebook.  They both look like laptops to me.  Thanks in advance for all help.(1)  How find my product in Intel ME 6.x/7.x/8.x/9.x/10.x/11/x,SPS 4.0, and TXE 3.0 I Cumulative Security Update (https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/product_security/len-17297)(2) How do I cross map G50-45 and Yoga 2Pro with the names under Product column in the list above to find out if there is fix or when a fix will be available?  Where should I look on my devices to find the matching name under the Product column?(3) How do I request that a fix be placed on Lenovo's update schedule?(4) Where may replacement compatible fixed bios chips for my specific devices be acquired should the existing chip be corrupted when upgrade be applied?(5) Instructions for cloning existing chip to revert back in the event of corrupting and upgrading existing chip to apply the fix (with precautions before the fix).

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Hi ,

As we know about the Spectre and meltdown Vulnerability, to mitigate these Vulnerability we need to apply the Windows OS patches.
i didn`t found any KB update released for the Server 2012, can anyone suggest when this will be released or share KB no if it already released.
https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-US/security-guidance/advisory/ADV180002

Shailendra Dev

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I bought a gaming class system for quick response and speed for everyday applications. Now with the fixes to the Intel I7 micro code its noticably slower both starting and responding to common site and applications I used every day over and over.  The I7 is no longer what it was and its not my fault nor much I can do. This was an issue for at least 5 generations of CPU's and Intel never fixed it in their designs and now we have to live with a work around patch that a major impact to performance.





T520 Model 4239 Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2860QMbr>; Nvidia NVS 4200M Win 10 64bitZ70-80 I7 - 5500U 16GB GB - 1TB HD Win 10 64bit FHD 17.3", G840 w/2GB

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Will I ever get a firmware upate for my Y700-17ISK Ideapad?  The firmware listed at this location, https://support.lenovo.com/pe/en/solutions/len-18282, E5CN62WW, does not work as a download and the same version listed under 700-17ISK will not install as the installation program says it isn't compatable with my machine.  This has been unbelieveably frustrating.  Still having sart-up issues.  Is there any hope in the near future the new firmware will be available?  Been waiting for months.

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Does anyone know if the T430u will get the BIOS update?The page here has it lumped in with the T430 and the T430i, but those take a different BIOS.If you actually drill into the article they link, it's a T430/T430i specific update, not suitable for the T430u. So it seems the T430u has been forgotten about, or their page is broken etc? Does anyone have any insight here?

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A:G570 Bios update for Meltdown.. is this being provided

Accoring to official list, sadly, your laptop won't receive BIOS update. https://support.lenovo.com/uu/en/solutions/len-18282 As list isn't closed, your laptop still might be added to it. But... to be honest, it's rather unlikely, as newer models like G580 weren't added to list.

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Hi i dont know a lot about computers or the workings but with the scare of meltdown and spectre can we not get a new mother board and proccessos fitted in our old pc or is it not worth the faffing about and cost or what is the chance of little old me getting hacked just surfing the net not going on naughty sights like porn ect thanks . ps just by a new pc
 

A:Spectre and Meltdown

Chances of you being infected, and/or your data compromised with malware exploiting meltown and spectre vulnerabilities, are close to none.
Keep your software updated and don't be click happy. Stay safe!
 

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Hi I don't see my laptop B50-80 on the list in: Lenovo Security Advisory: LEN-18282 (https://support.lenovo.com/se/pl/solutions/len-18282)Why? Does it means that there won't be a upgrade for this laptop?

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Has anyone write step by step procedure to patch this issues yet ??
Those already done,,a little sharing are appreciated !!

Regards
azls73
 

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Hello everybody, there is an offical Lenovo Advisory for Meltdown & Spectre in Combination with Lenovo Products:https://support.lenovo.com/de/de/solutions/len-18282 But i can't find information about my Lenovo Y50-70. Does anybody has further information?Do we will see an upgrade for our devices? Thanks in advancedGreatings from GermanyDaniel K.

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I have Windows 10 version 1709 (Fall Creators Update) on my home desktop PC. I have just updated with 2018-01 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1709 for x64-based Systems (KB4056892). 
 
I have read the excellent and informative article How to Check if Your PC Is Protected Against Meltdown and Spectre by Chris Hoffman at How-To Geek. I ran this PowerShell script and after entering all of the commands my results are as follows:
 
Speculation control settings for CVE-2017-5715 [branch target injection]
Hardware support for branch target injection mitigation is present: False (need BIOS update)
Windows OS support for branch target injection mitigation is present: True
Windows OS support for branch target injection mitigation is enabled: False
Windows OS support for branch target injection mitigation is disabled by system policy: False
Windows OS support for branch target injection mitigation is disabled by absence of hardware support: True
 
Speculation control settings for CVE-2017-5754 [rogue data cache load]
Hardware requires kernel VA shadowing: True
Windows OS support for kernel VA shadow is present: True
Windows OS support for kernel VA shadow is enabled: True
Windows OS support for PCID performance optimnization is enabled: False [not required for security]
 
Suggested actions
* Install BIOS/.firmware update provided by your device OEM that enables hardware support for the branch target injection... Read more

A:How to Know if I'm Protected Against Meltdown & Spectre

If you have the most recent version BIOS installed, then your BIOS is up to date. There is nothing more for you to do with BIOS for now.BIOS could care less and has no idea what version of Windows you are running. Windows does not load when you go into BIOS.I did not take the time to read all that stuff at How-To Geek.Why did you read and run all that stuff? Are you experiencing system problems?If you're not experiencing system problems, then I would ignore the output of the Powershell app.Yes, it is true that anti-virus apps can interfere with Windows Updates, but Avast Free Edition is not one that I generally see interfering. Usually, it is the Internet Security Suites with the 3rd party firewalls that wreak havoc with Windows Updates. The fact that you checked for Windows Updates and it said none were available means that all outstanding Windows Updates are installed.You have plenty of protection with Avast, Windows Firewall, Internet Modem Firewall and Windows 10 itself. You really don't need further protection.Regards. . .jcgriff2p.s. Just curious - what did they tell you at the How-To Geek forum?

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