Windows 10: Updated Firmware Available for 6th, 7th and 8th Gen. Intel Processors

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  1. Posts : 30,619
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17713
       20 Feb 2018 #1

    Updated Firmware Available for 6th, 7th and 8th Gen. Intel Processors


    Over the past several weeks, we’ve been developing and validating updated microcode solutions to protect Intel customers against the security exploits disclosed by Google Project Zero. This effort has included extensive testing by customers and industry partners to ensure the updated versions are ready for production. On behalf of all of Intel, I thank each and every one of our customers and partners for their hard work and partnership throughout this process.

    More: Security Exploits and Intel Products (Press Kit) | Security Research Findings (Intel.com)

    Based on these efforts, we have now released production microcode updates to our OEM customers and partners for Kaby Lake- and Coffee Lake-based platforms, plus additional Skylake-based platforms. This represents our 6th, 7th and 8th Generation Intel® Core™ product lines as well as our latest Intel® Core™ X-series processor family. It also includes our recently announced Intel® Xeon® Scalable and Intel® Xeon® D processors for data center systems.

    The new microcode will be made available in most cases through OEM firmware updates. I continue to encourage people to always keep their systems up-to-date. There is also a comprehensive schedule and current status for planned microcode updates available online.

    We are mindful of the fact that, in some cases, there are multiple mitigation techniques available that may provide protection against these exploits. This includes “Retpoline,” a Google-developed mitigation technique for Variant 2. For those interested in more information on Retpoline and how it works, we recently published a new white paper. Google has also posted information about Retpoline.

    I look forward to sharing additional updates soon. Again, I extend my sincere appreciation to all Intel customers and industry partners for their ongoing support.

    Navin Shenoy
    Executive vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group at Intel Corporation


    Source: https://newsroom.intel.com/news/late...are-available/

    Update 3/1: https://newsroom.intel.com/wp-conten...e-guidance.pdf (PDF)
    Last edited by Brink; 05 Mar 2018 at 23:53.
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  2.    21 Feb 2018 #1

    My i7 is 5th generation, so I am out of luck here.
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  3.    21 Feb 2018 #2

    “The new microcode will be made available in most cases through OEM firmware updates.”

    So I guess that means in my case Asus will be releasing a firmware update that will incorporate the new microcode updates released by Intel.

    Is that correct, does anyone know?
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  4. Posts : 10,913
    Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Pro Insider
       21 Feb 2018 #3

    @bordi, that is correct and they probably already have. It will be a BIOS update. Yours should be Version 1003 (https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/ROG-MAXIMUS-X-HERO-WI-FI-AC/HelpDesk_BIOS/) if this is your board.
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  5.    21 Feb 2018 #4

    essenbe said: View Post
    @bordi, that is correct and they probably already have. It will be a BIOS update. Yours should be Version 1003 (ROG MAXIMUS X HERO BIOS & FIRMWARE | Motherboards | ASUS USA
    ) if this is your board.
    Thanks for the reply mate; I wasn’t sure whether we should go hunting for it.
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  6. Posts : 10,913
    Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Pro Insider
       21 Feb 2018 #5

    I changed the link above. I'm not sure if it was actually fixed or not. I installed mine and it updated the code, but I'm not sure it really fixed anything. But, it runs OK.
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  7. Posts : 20,998
    Win10 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Win10 Pro Insider Fast Ring, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu
       21 Feb 2018 #6

    BIOS 1003 is already old, they should be coming out with yet a newer one soon.
    1003 was released two days after(1st of February) Intel released the last microcode update, I know because I'm following this closely, and check my MOBO's update page daily.

    So we can have more fun, and resetup our BIOS, and need to check our OC's yet again.
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  8.    21 Feb 2018 #7

    Cliff S said: View Post
    BIOS 1003 is already old, they should be coming out with yet a newer one soon.
    1003 was released two days after(1st of February) Intel released the last microcode update, I know because I'm following this closely, and check my MOBO's update page daily.

    So we can have more fun, and resetup our BIOS, and need to check our OC's yet again.

    Yes I thought so, I downloaded 1003 and it’s the same as the one I installed last month.

    So I guess I'll just have to wait for the new one

    Thank you guys:)
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  9. Posts : 20,998
    Win10 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Win10 Pro Insider Fast Ring, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu
       21 Feb 2018 #8

    Also check out:

    Intel Product Security Center


    Intel ID: INTEL-SA-00088
    Product family: Systems with Speculative Execution
    Impact of vulnerability: Information Disclosure
    Severity rating: Important
    Original release: Jan 03, 2018
    Last revised: Feb 20, 2018

    CVE Name: CVE-2017-5715
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  10.    21 Feb 2018 #9

    I got a BIOS upgrade for my Dell Inspiron 15, 5577 model yesterday, marked "urgent", from Dell. I also checked my home built ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Hero motherboard and there was a BIOS upgrade for it, which I installed. Both PC's working OK after BIOS updates.
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