My company is still using some of the following older Dell models. Can you tell me if these are susceptible to the Meltdown and Spectre security risks? If so, are BIOS updates are going to be available for them?
3 of the systems have a 2017 UEFI BIOS update the other 3 are too old and have a Legacy BIOS.
OptiPlex 760 - Late 2008 (Legacy)
OptiPlex 780 - Late 2009 (Legacy)
OptiPlex 790 - Early 2011 (UEFI):
Latitude E4300 - Mid 2008 (Legacy)
Latitude E4310 - Mid 2010 (UEFI):
Latitude E6320 - Early 2011 (UEFI):
The complete affected platform list for Dell consumer products will be added as the information becomes available.
I've been checking that site but I don't see any of these machines listed there. Does that mean that there isn't going to be BIOS updates for them?
I doubt that systems that old are supported so far past End of Life End of Support. There is an update for the 790 but not the 780 etc. The generic page below is where I would look based on model.
Highly doubt 2003 thru 2010 systems will get updates. The 790 bios says Update to the latest CPU microcode for CVE-2017-5715 ("Spectre" / Branch Target Injection) .
may allow unauthorized disclosure of information to an attacker with local user access via a side-channel analysis. So if you have armed guards and lock your doors this is not likely a problem.
|Dell Optiplex 790 System BIOS More details||A21||3/21/2018|
|Dell Optiplex 790 System BIOS.More details||A19||6/2/2017|
|Dell Optiplex 790 System BIOS.More details||A18||9/30/2013|
|Dell Optiplex 790 System BIOS.More details||A17||3/21/2013|
|Optiplex 790 System BIOS More details||A16||12/12/2012|
|Optiplex 790 System BIOS More details||A15||9/10/2012|
|Optiplex 790 System BIOS More details||A14||9/6/2012|
|OptiPlex 790 System BIOS More details||A13||5/25/2012|
|OptiPlex 790 System BIOSMore details||A11||4/18/2012|
OptiPlex 790 System BIOSMore details
|OptiPlex 790 System BIOS More details||A07||10/24/2011|
|OptiPlex 790 System BIOS More details||A06||9/14/2011|
|OptiPlex 790 System BIOSMore details||A05||6/22/2011|
|OptiPlex 790 System BIOSMore details||A03||5/3/2011|
|OptiPlex 790 System BIOSMore details||A02||4/19/2011|
The OptiPlex 790 BIOS update package is a DUP-based update package. See that page for command line options. See the passwords section on that page for more information on performing BIOS updates when a BIOS password is set.
* Version A05 MUST be installed before installing version A06 and later.