Windows 10: Surface updates for recent chip-related security vulnerability Surface

  1. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18252
       04 Jan 2018 #1

    Surface updates for recent chip-related security vulnerability


    This article discusses the impact of the following security issue on Surface Devices:


    Microsoft is aware of a new publicly disclosed class of vulnerabilities referred to as “speculative execution side-channel attacks” that affects many modern processors and operating systems including Intel, AMD, and ARM.

    Note This issue will affect other systems such as Android, Chrome, iOS, MacOS, so we advise customers to seek out guidance from those vendors.

    Microsoft has released several updates to help mitigate these vulnerabilities. We have also taken action to secure our cloud services. See below for more details.

    Microsoft has not received any information to indicate that these vulnerabilities have been used to attack customers at this time. Microsoft continues to work closely with industry partners including chip makers, hardware OEMs, and app vendors to protect customers. To get all available protections, hardware/firmware and software updates are required. This includes microcode from device OEMs and in some cases updates to AV software as well.

    Microsoft will provide UEFI updates for the following devices:

    • Surface Pro 3
    • Surface Pro 4
    • Surface Book
    • Surface Studio
    • Surface Pro Model 1796
    • Surface Laptop
    • Surface Pro with LTE Advanced
    • Surface Book 2

    The updates will be available for the above devices running Windows 10 Creators Update (OS version 15063) and Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (OS version 16299). You will be able to receive these updates through Windows Update or by visiting the Microsoft Download Center.

    Note Surface hub has implemented defense in depth strategies. For more information, go to the following topic on the Microsoft website:

    Differences between Surface Hub and Windows 10 Enterprise

    Because of this, we believe exploits using this vulnerability are significantly reduced on Surface Hub. We care deeply about ensuring that Surface Hub is reliable and secure. We will continue to monitor and update Surface Hub as needed to address this vulnerability.

    More Information

    The Surface team is focused on ensuring our users have a secure and reliable experience and will continue to monitor and update devices as needed to address this vulnerability.

    Source: Surface Guidance for Customers and Partners: Protect your devices against the recent chip-related security vulnerability
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  2. dencal's Avatar
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    W10 Pro + W10 Preview
       05 Jan 2018 #1

    Thanks for info Brink.
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  3. dencal's Avatar
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    W10 Pro + W10 Preview
       05 Jan 2018 #2

    So much for the so called extra security inbuilt in Microsoft Surface....latest available firmware installed released in December 2017.
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