The Microsoft Surface Pro tablet has reached its third generation. Powered by Intel, the Surface Pro 3 is also prone to get infected. Luckily, Microsoft updates Surface Pro 3 against Spectre and Meltdown malware.
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Specs
Surface Pro 3 is a business tablet that has a restricted audience.
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is a money-making tool and its main role is not focused on entertainment such as games and socializing that characterize iPad and the Android-powered tablets.
Surface Pro 3 comes with Intel Core 4th Generation with Turbo Boost to increase CPUs’ frequency.
Backed-up by 4 Gb or 8 Gb RAM, Surface Pro is designed to run smoothly and fast, no matter what the users want to do it.
Also, Surface Pro 3 comes with 128 Gb or 512 Gb SSD storage and Intel HD 4400 GPU, while it is running Windows 8.1 Pro.
The cameras, however, are below the actual mainstream. Surface Pro 3 is packing two 5 MegaPixels cameras, on the back and one frontal camera.
Microsoft updates Surface Pro 3 against Spectre and Meltdown malware
“We’ve released a new driver and firmware update for Surface Pro 3. This update includes new firmware for Surface UEFI which resolves potential security vulnerabilities, including Microsoft security advisory 180002,” said Microsoft’s Brandon Records.
However, it has not been said if the update will be automatically downloaded via Windows Update.
Just to be safe, download the SurfacePro3Win101506318010023.msi from Microsoft’s Download Center (https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/surface/2018/02/21/updates-for-surface-pro-3-20-february-2018/)
Spectre and Meltdown malware
Spectrum is a vulnerability that primarily affects mobile devices, both smartphones, and tablets, powered by ARM processors (Cortex-R7, Cortex-R8, Cortex-A8, Cortex-A9, Cortex-A15, Cortex- A72, Cortex-A73, Cortex-A75) as well as the PCs powered by Intel or AMD processors.
Meltdown especially affects laptops, desktop PCs and Intel-powered mobile devices (all models up to Core i9 Skylake-X and Core i7 Coffe Lake) and partial ARM-powered devices (Cortex-A15, Cortex-A57, Cortex-A72).
Meltdown is by far the most problematic.
Meltdown is offering hackers or malware pieces of software the possibility of intercepting sensitive data (passwords, encryption keys) stored in a “protected” system memory.
Fortunately, Microsoft updates Surface Pro 3 against Spectre and Meltdown.