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OMEN by HP 870-100 Desktop PC series
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I hae a question about the recent update for the processor which is in meltdown or spectre problem. I was surprised to see that HP did not have the update for this desktop and posted on " TBD " I wonder if HP will ever update for this sereies of Omen desktops soon or should be fine with no problem.  But I ran the Intel's Discovery Tool.GUIi n a  few minutes ago and show me that my system is vulnerable. I understand that there is an Windows Update with KB4056892 which was updated through Windows Update on January 3rd or 4th. Mine was updated on January 3rd in the afternoon by automatic update of Windows Update.  Now my question is that " Is my system safe " after the update through Windows Update or not. Because HP still don't have the update of processor for my desktop.  Am I confused with two different information about Windows Update and Intel's Discovery Tool.GUI about my desktop system.

 

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John

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Hi

 

HP can't issue any type of BIOS (processor/microcode) patch until Intel releases the fixes for both flaws to OEM's.

 

I found the following description of the flaws at Anandtech to be very inciteful.

 

The Windows 10 update to patch meltdown fixes part of the problem. Intel has to provide the remaining patches to partially mitigate the rest of the flaws.

 

Tom

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Thank you for your reply and guess that I will have to wait for Intel to get the update fix for my desktop. Also want to say thank you for the link to read online.

 

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Hi John

 

You are welcome.

 

I thought the article was pretty darn good.

 

One point was to stay calm.

 

At least there are no known remote exploits at this time.

 

Tom

 

 

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To be honest, Intel already has a patch and pushed it to the manufacturers.

I know this, because my Dell laptop got a BIOS Update on Dec 22th where the whole meltdown/spectre stuff was patched already!

So, HP is just way too late releasing anything, even a reaction is asking too much for HP.

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That's how it looks on my PC after KB4056892 got installed earlier today:

 

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(Details of the procedure from this thread / post on TenForums: https://www.tenforums.com/windows-10-news/101702-windows-client-guidance-against-speculative-executi...)

 

Feel free to do the same your side.

 

So the next steps sits with HP clearly .

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Like Dell, Microsoft Surfaces got the intel hardware chip update with the windows 10 patch.

 

Bottom line:  HP is slow. Too Slow.

 

Use this tool from intel to check your sustem:

https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/articles/000025619/software.html

 

from there FAQ's:

: The Intel-SA-00086 Detection Tool reports that my system is vulnerable. What do I do?
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Intel has provided system and motherboard manufacturers with the necessary firmware and software updates to resolve the vulnerabilities identified in Security Advisory Intel-SA-00086.

Contact your system or motherboard manufacturer regarding their plans for making the updates available to end users.

Some manufacturers have provided Intel with a direct link for their customers to obtain additional information and available software updates (Refer to the list below).

 

The HP support link in that Intel page: https://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c05843704 

 

But only new work stations and laptops in that list. No older ones. No statement about older HP products. Means out of warrenty, out of patch in this case?

 

Can a HP rep reply here?

Iam under EU regulation so the producte that you sell must be good. So I acpect a warretny solution for this 2 bug problems.

 

 

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Agreed with you about how slow is HP moving to get the fix for HP users.

 

John

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Here is my screenshot of PowerShell from my desktop,  HP Omen #870-119. Guess my desktop is okay after the Windows Update of KB4056892 which was installed on January 4th. My HP Omen 870-119 information.png

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I also managed to find & download the Spctre/Virge hack patch which my Pavilion 410y accepted anticlimactically on the 5th after hearing about it on the national news

 

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