Surface Pro 3 Updated to Protect Against Spectre and Meltdown

Posted on February 21, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Microsoft Surface with 3 Comments

Surface Pro 3 Updated to Protect Against Spectre and Meltdown

This week, Microsoft issued a firmware update for Surface Pro 3 that aims to protect the device against the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities.

“We’ve released a new driver and firmware update for Surface Pro 3,” Microsoft’s Brandon Records notes. “This update includes new firmware for Surface UEFI which resolves potential security vulnerabilities, including Microsoft security advisory 180002.”

It’s not clear if Surface Pro 3 users will get the update via Windows Update automatically, but if not, you can download this update, called SurfacePro3Win101506318010023.msi, via the Surface Pro 3 software, firmware, and drivers download set. Microsoft describes this update as Surface UEFI version 3.11.2350.0 and says that it “resolves potential security vulnerabilities, including Microsoft security advisory 180002.”

Security advisory 180002, meanwhile, targets Spectre, Meltdown, and other potential “speculative execution side-channel attacks.”

“For consumers, the best protection is to keep your computers up to date,” Microsoft advises. “In addition to installing the January 2018 Windows security updates, you may also need to install firmware updates from your device manufacturer for increased protection.” This firmware update represents that firmware update for Surface Pro 3 users. But remember that you can always check whether your PC is safe from these vulnerabilities using Steve Gibson’s excellent InSpectre tool.

 

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