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Apprentice
Posts: 15
Registered: ‎01-10-2017
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URGENT - BIOS Upgrades for Meltdown & Spectre from Jeff

Echoing rossmanning's post, URGENT - BIOS Upgrades for Meltdown & Spectre,

 

"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. "

 

Model is Sony VAIO VPCL2290X, Windows 10 x64 Pro with Core i7-2720QM CPU

Please update us ASAP

Thanks,
Jeff

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Registered: ‎03-11-2017
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Re: URGENT - BIOS Upgrades for Meltdown & Spectre from Jeff

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/

 

Apprentice
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Re: URGENT - BIOS Upgrades for Meltdown & Spectre from Jeff

Thanks.

 

Have seen references to 4056892. Microsoft has not pushed it to me. Also (not untypical) users are reporting problems with it. I admit I'm hesitant.

 

Also but unrelated, Intel's INTEL-SA-00086 Detection Tool doesn't run - it just circles for a sec and ends.

 

Jeff

 

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Re: URGENT - BIOS Upgrades for Meltdown & Spectre from Jeff

Microsoft's patch DOES NOT completely solve the problem. According to Tom's Guide: "There's one more catch: The Windows update doesn't update the firmware on your CPU, which also needs a fix to completely solve these problems. You'll have to wait for Lenovo, Dell, HP or whoever made your laptop or PC to push out a firmware patch. Microsoft Surface, Surface Pro and Surface Book users are getting that firmware update now." FYI here is the Tom's Guide Article. https://www.tomsguide.com/us/meltdown-spectre-fixes,news-26326.html
Apprentice
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Re: URGENT - BIOS Upgrades for Meltdown & Spectre from Jeff

[ Edited ]

Thanks jetster.

 

Yes indeed there's the firmware element.  Hopefully this will come from Sony Vaio in a close time frame.

 

Intel doco on the patch mentions a BIOS update as well. But it appears that they mean Vaio, which is separate from Sony vaio.

 

 

 

 

Apprentice
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Re: URGENT - BIOS Upgrades for Meltdown & Spectre from Jeff

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FYI Microsoft has patch kb4056892 for these vulnerabilities. The patch will cause problems when run on a system running AV that is incompatible with the patch. The patch can only be run where the AV is certified.

http://support.microsoft.com/help/4056892
https://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=kb4056892
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4072699/january-3-2018-windows-security-updates-and-antivir...

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Registered: ‎07-27-2015
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Re: URGENT - BIOS Upgrades for Meltdown & Spectre from Jeff

Any update Sony?

Apprentice
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Registered: ‎01-10-2017
Message 8 of 28 (2,357 Views)

Re: URGENT - BIOS Upgrades for Meltdown & Spectre from Jeff

update -- kb4056892 was applied without issues

 

Apprentice
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Registered: ‎01-09-2018
Message 9 of 28 (2,220 Views)

Re: URGENT - BIOS Upgrades for Meltdown & Spectre from Jeff

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I also am seeking a BIOS update from Sony regarding the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities.  I run Avira A/V under Windows 10 on my VPCF23EFX, and have verified that it updated the required registry key in order to install the Windows patch KB4056892.  That patch installed correctly and without incident, and I have not seen a noticeable performance hit, though I have not run any benchmarks or demanding apps.  I will continue to apply all applicable software updates (e.g. Chrome Browser) as they become available.

I am now seeking a BIOS upgrade from Sony for the American Megatrends R2150V3 BIOS dated 7/22/2011, applicable to the Intel i7-2670QM CPU.  At a minimum, please advise us if/when you anticipate making the BIOS update available.

Apprentice
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Registered: ‎01-09-2018
Message 10 of 28 (2,190 Views)

Re: URGENT - BIOS Upgrades for Meltdown & Spectre from Jeff

BTW, does anyone know if Sony Support even still monitors or responds to inquiries regarding Sony VAIO products anymore?  I'm wondering if we can even expect any answers or follow-up to the Meltdown/Spectre BIOS issues.  My VPCF23EFX is an early 2012 machine that originally came Windows 7 (though I keep it completely current and on Windows 10 now), and I don't know if they'll bother with even answering my posts.  I hope they will because I love the machine and would hate to have to replace it just because they can't be bothered fixing the BIOS.

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