[BCAB] [Blind-sysadmins] Updating BIOS for Meltdown/Spectre on HP computers

Darren Brewer darren.m.brewer at blueyonder.co.uk
Tue Mar 20 21:24:46 GMT 2018


Oops. Put the wrong address in the to field. Having one of those days 
I'm afraid.


Darren.


On 20/03/2018 21:16, Darren Brewer via Bcab wrote:
> Hi
> From what I have heard on the TWIT network and security now it sounds 
> like the threat has been overhyped. Microsoft released patches to 
> mitigate the meltdown threat and will soon release microcode updates 
> to fix spectre, so there will be no need to manually go into the BIOS 
> which is of course very difficult and time consuming to perform on a 
> large network. Intel are apparently making the microcode available to 
> Microsoft and this will be able to update the processors because of a 
> couple of DLL files within windows which make this possible. Curretnly 
> there are no threats out in the wild and even if there was its not 
> very likely that individuals would be at threat. I think waiting for 
> Microsoft to make these patches available is the best option, although 
> it sounds like they might not come through windows update so you would 
> have to visit the catalogue and download them manually then distribute 
> them through your network.
>
> Darren.
>
>
> On 20/03/2018 11:09, Andrew Hodgson wrote:
>> Hi,
>>
>> I updated a couple of Dell machines I own but I did it manually.
>>
>> I was going to post a tweet because I wondered if anyone had any 
>> experience with these CPU patches and whether they noticed a 
>> performance drop especially using a screen reader.  I have seen a 
>> couple of benchmarks with specific apps after the CPU patches have 
>> been applied, but of course its very subjective.
>>
>> Andrew.
>> ________________________________________
>> From: Blind-sysadmins 
>> [blind-sysadmins-bounces at lists.hodgsonfamily.org] on behalf of 
>> Eigeldinger Simon [simon.eigeldinger at hohenems.at]
>> Sent: 20 March 2018 10:01
>> To: 'Blind sysadmins list'
>> Subject: [Blind-sysadmins] Updating BIOS for Meltdown/Spectre on HP 
>> computers
>>
>> Hi all,
>>
>> We have a bunch (around 100) of HP machines over here which we need 
>> to upgrade because of the meltdown/spectre problems.
>> How are you going to deal with meltdown/spectre and bios updates?
>> Has someone already updated their client computers?
>>
>> Greetings,
>> Simon
>>
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