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    Quote Originally Posted by firefox2026 View Post
    I had to download (dated 2018-1-4) microcode from a debian source file. https://packages.debian.org/buster/i...ocode/download
    Then you have to have something like 7-zip to detar the .deb file and find the microcode directory. You have to find the binary for your processor family_revision_stepping.bin etc.

    Then I found this python tool to convert the binary to .dat file. https://github.com/bgw/bdw-ucode-upd...pts/bin2dat.py

    Then I re-installed the Vmdriver with that dat file.. Now I see that the CPU microcode updates and I have the hardware support showing up now. However windows isn't enabling it because of the microcode is not updated before the boot up. That is why in order for the driver way to work we need some way to get windows to enable the fix support on the fly or some manual way of enabling it. If not then this way is pretty much a dead horse. Which is a shame cause this would at least let people with older systems keep running without a BIOS fix.

    I tried with these as well on both of my systems that will most likely never get a BIOS/UEFI update. These are dated 20171215 aka 2017-12-15 and not 2018-1-4. I still get the same "No CPUs needed an update. Your system might not need this driver." in the Event Viewer.

    This was on a Asus Rampage IV Extreme with a Intel Core i7-3960X and on a Asus P8B-E/4L with a Intel Xeon E3-1275v2. The latest one hasn't seen a BIOS update for a very long time so I'm pretty sure both the 20171215 and the 20170707 release should contain something unless the microcode for that model hasn't been changed in ages. But the disclaimer on Intel's Support Site lists both the i7-3960X and the E3-1275v2 as a part of the 20170707 release so I guess I have to be doing something wrong?


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    Intel just officially release a new 20180108 package on their website;
    https://downloadcenter.intel.com/dow...code-Data-File

    I will give that a go. Both CPU's are listed in this release as well and as this one certainly contains the fix I will just go ahead and mod my Rampage IV Extreme BIOS. On the P8B-E/4L I'm out of luck as there is no way to flash modified BIOS onto it as it has no BIOS Flashback feature which is the only way I know of in order to bypass the UEFI Firmware verification.

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    The h97 & z97 platforms were announced in May of 2014 which means for the vast majority of people, their boards are out of warranty. There will be some people who bought their boards in Jan/Feb 2015. So for the most part, the z97 and prior boards are simply out of warranty and I can't blame Asus or any company for focusing on platforms that are currently under warranty. I would imagine Asus and other manufacturers are working very hard on getting their current motherboard line (and all those on the list at the beginning of this thread) patched and fixed. After all that, THEN I can see Asus coming back to the rest of the x99 platform then MAYBE the z97. It would not surprise me if they feel that the platform is no longer supported for updates.
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    Tried the VMWare Driver route again on my Server running E3-1275v2 and its still the same with the 20180108 release. The cpumcupdater still claims "No CPUs needed an update. Your system might not need this driver." according to the EventViewer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brighttail View Post
    The h97 & z97 platforms were announced in May of 2014 which means for the vast majority of people, their boards are out of warranty. There will be some people who bought their boards in Jan/Feb 2015. So for the most part, the z97 and prior boards are simply out of warranty and I can't blame Asus or any company for focusing on platforms that are currently under warranty. I would imagine Asus and other manufacturers are working very hard on getting their current motherboard line (and all those on the list at the beginning of this thread) patched and fixed. After all that, THEN I can see Asus coming back to the rest of the x99 platform then MAYBE the z97. It would not surprise me if they feel that the platform is no longer supported for updates.
    I 100 percent agree with this and have said as much in a previous post.

    I do not mind waiting for the bios update but I want Asus to tell us that eventually at some point they are going to release a SECURITY update. It's not that much to ask for some official clarification.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raximus21 View Post
    I 100 percent agree with this and have said as much in a previous post.

    I do not mind waiting for the bios update but I want Asus to tell us that eventually at some point they are going to release a SECURITY update. It's not that much to ask for some official clarification.
    The problem is, I think they already released their official statement which doesn't include the z97s. They put out every board that is going to have a BIOS update.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brighttail View Post
    The problem is, I think they already released their official statement which doesn't include the z97s. They put out every board that is going to have a BIOS update.
    I understand that as well. You seem to be a voice of reason in here. Maybe I am wasting my time on social media and in here trying to express my frustration/concerns.

    What is the most official way for me to contact Asus and express my dissatisfaction with their lack of SECURITY updates for products that aren't even 5 years old?

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    Okay so it seems like there is only a few CPU's that actually have received this fix. I decoded the microcode.dat from November, December and the latest one from today and the number of CPU's that have actually received a updated .bin is very limited. There are only five different bin-files dating 01042018 and only 14 dating November and December 2017.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brighttail View Post
    The problem is, I think they already released their official statement which doesn't include the z97s. They put out every board that is going to have a BIOS update.
    Again, that list is subject to change. I just had to update one of my posts on the IME flaw because ASUS updated the advisory and added more models a month after I posted.

    It has been a week. It's not time to give up yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RamGuy View Post
    Okay so it seems like there is only a few CPU's that actually have received this fix. I decoded the microcode.dat from November, December and the latest one from today and the number of CPU's that have actually received a updated .bin is very limited. There are only five different bin-files dating 01042018 and only 14 dating November and December 2017.
    Yeah that's what I wondered is if your CPU doesn't have a fix out yet.

    Anyways I was hoping someone would maybe know if there is a way to enable the windows fix on the fly..

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    Quote Originally Posted by xeromist View Post
    Again, that list is subject to change. I just had to update one of my posts on the IME flaw because ASUS updated the advisory and added more models a month after I posted.

    It has been a week. It's not time to give up yet.
    Thank you for the response on this subject.

    @xeromist

    What is the best way to ask Asus for help on this topic? Social media? On the forums? Is there some kind of email address that I can contact with my concerns? I want them to know there are people with Z97 boards that want the security update for this issue. Thanks again.
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