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Meltdown-Spectre mitigation BIOS updates for Dell computers
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6502coder


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PostPosted: Mon 12 Mar 2018, 16:24    Post subject:  Meltdown-Spectre mitigation BIOS updates for Dell computers  

If you own a Dell computer and are an ordinary retail customer, you probably have not heard squat from Dell about Meltdown-Spectre mitigation BIOS updates for your Dell computer. I certainly haven't. The link below has the current instructions for updating your BIOS:

http://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/04/SLN308587

CAVEATS:
1. I have not personally tested any of these BIOS patches.
EDIT: Just successfully updated my XPS 8700 desktop system to A12 BIOS dated 23 feb 2018.
2. READ everything carefully before attempting to update your BIOS.

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Terry H

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PostPosted: Mon 12 Mar 2018, 18:30    Post subject:  

Thanks for posting this. A good reminder to check for BIOS update on Dell website. Just update my Latitude 3350 laptop.
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PostPosted: Tue 20 Mar 2018, 14:03    Post subject:  spectre-meltdown
Subject description: dell bios and link to generic checker script
 

just patched a opti 7010 bios, available since 2018.03.14, labelled a28.

and a 9010, which was labelled a29.

Neither one bricked Wink

opti 380 and 780 are still listed as "in process", 580 not even listed yet - amd/ati.

UPDATE: 20180415 380 and 780 no longer on list either,, so it looks now like 790 and 980 are as far back as it goes

Also, here is a link to Stephane Lesimple's kernel checker script on github:

https://raw.githubusercontent.com/speed47/spectre-meltdown-checker/master/spectre-meltdown-checker.sh

That script is also included in a debian package:


https://packages.debian.org/stretch-backports/spectre-meltdown-checker
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