Microsoft releases Surface UEFI updates for Spectre and Meltdown issues

If you're not aware by now, you should be checking for updates on pretty much any device that you're using. A security vulnerability was found in Intel chipsets, and it was later discovered that it also affects AMD and ARM chips, and on the software side, Windows, macOS, and Linux.

Microsoft has since released patches for all supported versions of Windows, and Intel has released firmware updates. But, of course, it's up to hardware manufacturers to release firmware updates through their own channels, so Microsoft has detailed the updates it's releasing for Surface devices.

The following devices will receive UEFI updates:

  • 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 only Intel devices that won't be getting patched are the Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, and Surface 3. Microsoft says that Surface Hub has "implemented defense in depth strategies", and you can find out more about that here.

Also, in order to receive today's updates, you'll need to be running the Windows 10 Creators Update (version 1703) or higher. If you're still on the Anniversary Update (version 1607) or earlier, you'll want to upgrade to a newer version of Windows.

Microsoft still hasn't updated its Surface Update History pages yet with the new builds, but users are reporting that they're receiving them already.

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