Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities

Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities




Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities

As Intel, AMD, and other CPU manufacturers have started releasing firmware updates for processor models affected by the Meltdown and Spectre patches, those updates are now integrating these patches into BIOS/UEFI updates for affected PCs.

These BIOS/UEFI updates are to address the Meltdown and Spectre issues that have happened since the beginning of the year.

Software patches at the operating system level have largely mitigated the Meltdown flaw, but both Microsoft and the Linux community said a firmware fix would be necessary to fully address the Spectre vulnerability.


Acer Acer only lists vulnerable desktop, notebook, and server products. Says it will release firmware updates for server products in March. No timeline for desktop and notebook products.
ASRock The ASRock site is a mess. There’s no central security advisory, and users will have to visit the “Latest BIOS Update” page and sift through the updates by hand. The good news is that there are a lot of recent BIOS releases containing Intel updates dated after the Meltdown and Spectre disclosure.
ASUS ASUS says it will release BIOS updates for affected products by the end of January.
Dell BIOS updates are available for some Dell desktop, notebook, and server products. The Dell security advisory contains several other links to various products types. You can use this page as the central hub to search for what you need.
Fujitsu BIOS updates are available for some products, but not all. The security advisory contains multiple links to various product types.
Gigabyte Motherboard provider Gigabyte has released BIOS updates. Users will have to access the advisory, click on the motherboard series name in the list of affected table, and check for a recent BIOS update on each motherboard product’s page.
HP BIOS updates are available for almost half of the HP products listed as vulnerable.
Huawei Huawei has only listed vulnerable products. Says an “investigation is still ongoing.”
Intel Intel has released updates for most NUC, Compute Stick, and Compute Card products.
Lenovo Lenovo has the best advisory yet, with detailed tables for all affected products, including download links and upcoming BIOS download availability for each one.
LG Nothing is available for LG at present, if it becomes available it will be updated
Panasonic Panasonic said it aims to release BIOS updates for vulnerable PC models starting the end of the month and continuing through February and March.
Microsoft Microsoft has released UEFI updates for Surface products.
MSI MSI has released BIOS updates.
Toshiba Toshiba has not released any BIOS/UEFI updates just yet. The company lists affected products and an approximate timeline when it hopes to have updates available.
Vaio Some BIOS updates are available. More to follow.


Further updates will be added as they’re released.










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