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Enthusiast
Posts: 4
Registered: ‎01-07-2018
Message 1 of 11 (2,927 Views)

URGENT - BIOS Upgrades for Meltdown & Spectre

Posting here as well as Sony Moderators do not seem to be active in other forum areas!!

 

When will we expect updates for VIAO laptops?

 

I have svf15n18pgb model. 

 

As this is an urgent & significant security problem for the Industry, I am looking for Sony to provide pro-active advise & action for its customers. 

 

 

Enthusiast
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Registered: ‎03-11-2017
Message 2 of 11 (2,888 Views)

Re: URGENT - BIOS Upgrades for Meltdown & Spectre

Microsoft has already pushed out patches to Windows Update.

You can read this article for more information on ensuring your PC is up to date.
https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-protect-your-pc-against-the-intel-chip-flaw/
Enthusiast
Posts: 4
Registered: ‎01-07-2018
Message 3 of 11 (2,857 Views)

Re: URGENT - BIOS Upgrades for Meltdown & Spectre

You misunderstand the issues in this vulnerability. While OS updates will help in mitigating this, it’s not sufficient just to update the operating system -  the underlying firmware must also be updated. If this is not done, systems will remain vulnerable.

 

The only way for this to occur is for OEMs like Sony to issue BIOS updates. The article you point to also makes this point (but not very well.) This is the problem with relying on popular press & jouranlists for information.

 

Microsft advise: " ...installing OS patch only is not enough to fix this vulnerability and Firmware update is mandatory...."

 

Read the Microsoft advice on their patch here:

https://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/51021.mitgations-for-speculative-executi...

 

 

 

 

 

Enthusiast
Posts: 13
Registered: ‎01-17-2018
Message 4 of 11 (2,143 Views)

Re: URGENT - BIOS Upgrades for Meltdown & Spectre

Sony's silence is deafening.  I have several Sony Ivy Bridge (3rd gen) and Haswell (4th gen) era machines that need the firmware updates.

 

Dell is providing updates back to Ivy Bridge era machines.  This list shows how it's done right:

 

http://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/19/sln308587/microprocessor-side-channel-vulnerabilities-c...

Enthusiast
Posts: 9
Registered: ‎02-04-2013
Message 5 of 11 (1,787 Views)

Re: URGENT - BIOS Upgrades for Meltdown & Spectre

Sony's silence tell us "don't buy me anymore"
Enthusiast
Posts: 13
Registered: ‎01-17-2018
Message 6 of 11 (1,781 Views)

Re: URGENT - BIOS Upgrades for Meltdown & Spectre


speller wrote:
Sony's silence tell us "don't buy me anymore"

You can't buy even if you wanted, since they are out of this business.  There is no repeat business here to incentivize them to create the updates, and even if they did, they would have to marshall a bunch of resources (that left them with the Vaio Copr spinoff) to get it done.  With no returns for this effort, no reason to do it at all.  This decision was made months ago folks.

 

But I know, hope springs eternal.  For the rest of you, dump your machines while you can.

Enthusiast
Posts: 9
Registered: ‎02-04-2013
Message 7 of 11 (1,779 Views)

Re: URGENT - BIOS Upgrades for Meltdown & Spectre

That's fine. Who knows which branch will left Sony next and will leave customers alone with their devices? Better to not to buy anything from Sony.
Rookie
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Registered: ‎01-30-2018
Message 8 of 11 (1,013 Views)

Re: URGENT - BIOS Upgrades for Meltdown & Spectre

I am disappointed as well I have an older vaio and where the ****** is my BIOS update?  pcg-61a11l

Enthusiast
Posts: 13
Registered: ‎01-17-2018
Message 9 of 11 (999 Views)

Re: URGENT - BIOS Upgrades for Meltdown & Spectre


myworld74 wrote:

I am disappointed as well I have an older vaio and where the ****** is my BIOS update?  pcg-61a11l


The sooner you make peace that it's not going to happen... ever... the sooner you can move on and plan for your next machine.  Roll the value of you current machine into the next one.  For every person who knows about Spectre/Meltdown, there are 999 who don't.

Rookie
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎02-18-2018
Message 10 of 11 (219 Views)

Re: URGENT - BIOS Upgrades for Meltdown & Spectre

I have a Sony Vaio laptop running dual boot Windows 10 and Ubuntu Linux. 

 

When Intel releases the microcode for my CPU it will be installed on my CPU during normal Ubuntu software updates, without any need for a bios update.

 

It's pretty easy to create a bootable Ubuntu USB stick from Microsoft Windows .

 

If you boot into Ubuntu from the USB stick after the microcode becomes available and run the software updater, the microcode should be installed on the CPU.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLYBXOVn6ow

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-7chlCn6yk

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