Spectre and meltdown - firmware/UEFI update

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  1. tiliarou

    tiliarou Notebook Consultant

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    I'm surprised nobody posted this already...
    Since the failure of all CPU manufacturer cannot be mitigated only by software patches, firmware and/or BIOS/UEFI have to be updated.
    This was acknowledged by many manufacturer, and partially by MSI in their official english forum (still no proper PR statement):
    https://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=297707.msg1677217#msg1677217
    and:
    https://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=297753.0
    https://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=297707.50

    Since we already know how to mod BIOS/UEFI, is there a way to manually patch our laptops ?
    I own a GT72 2QE and I'm pretty sure that MSI will screw up as usual and not release anything for a 3 year old high end laptop so I went to try by myself.
     
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  3. tiliarou

    tiliarou Notebook Consultant

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    Windows patches do not cover Spectre CPU design flaw holes...
    Only firmware and/or UEFI/BIOS update can solve this issue, which the responsibility of Intel, amd, arm and oem.
     
  4. Kevin@GenTechPC

    Kevin@GenTechPC Company Representative

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    If manufacturers are going to release BIOS patches, it's going to be limited to the products that were made within the past 3 years based on a product's lifetime.
    For example, ASUS has released patches for their recent motherboards so far.
    https://www.asus.com/News/V5urzYAT6myCC1o2

    It's very likely to be a microcode update so it should be moddable.
    - Update to latest Intel microcode 0x23.
     
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  5. tiliarou

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    Yes I believe so... Just hoping that Haswell will be updated for my GT72, otherwise will try by myself. As you mentioned it's just a microcode update mitigating the flaw.
     
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    Rhadamanthis Notebook Evangelist

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    i think that msi do make bios for security product . stop
     
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    I have a GE62-2QE with i7-4720HQ (Haswell) and 965m. Will be curious to see if those older models get the microcode/BIOS updates.
     
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    They should since these machines aren't that old when compared to Sandy Bridge or Ivy Bridge.
     
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    I can confirm that recieve Bios update because Spectre CPU...two days ago....
    My laptop is GT72VR-7RE.
     
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    KY_BULLET Notebook Evangelist

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    Its a desktop but MSI just sent out the Bios update for mine today. It's dated as 12/26 though.
    MSI Good2Go.PNG
    Bios Version.PNG
     
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