Spectre/Meltdown Update: Haswell and Broadwell Processors Now Have The Production Go Ahead From Intel

hpeBoth Dell and HP have released System ROMs to protected against the Spectre variant 2 vulnerabity for their Haswell and Broadwell line of servers which encompasses most of the PowerEdge 13G line and the HP Gen9 server lines.  Last week the PowerEdge 14G line and HP Gen10 line System ROMs were released.  Whereas this was good progress, the bulk of enterprise server environments rely on the Haswell and Broadwell line of Intel processors at this time. With this release, it will now allow for most of these environments to be protected.

 

dell_2016_logoDell PowerEdge 12G and HP Gen8 System ROMs are still being developed with hopes to be released in the coming days/weeks, but there is little hope for  pervious generation servers will have a full fix at the System ROM level.  Stability will be the key as the first round of System ROM releases were a bit shaking causing crashes both at the Host and VM levels.  I will be installing the new ROM and will report my findings.  If you see any issues, let me know.

To see if your server now has an updated System ROM, check the links below:

HP: https://h22208.www2.hpe.com/eginfolib/securityalerts/SCAM/Side_Channel_Analysis_Method.html

Dell: http://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/19/sln308588/microprocessor-side-channel-vulnerabilities-cve-2017-5715-cve-2017-5753-cve-2017-5754-impact-on-dell-emc-products-dell-enterprise-servers-storage-and-networking-?lang=en

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