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XPS 15 9560 gets BIOS update fixing Skylake/Kaby Lake microcode bug

Though it's had no shortage of bugs, Dell's XPS 15 9560 remains the ultraportable workstation to beat. (Source: Windows Central)
Though it's had no shortage of bugs, Dell's XPS 15 9560 remains the ultraportable workstation to beat. (Source: Windows Central)
Dell has rolled-out BIOS update version 1.3.4 for their popular XPS 15 9560-series notebooks. The BIOS update fixes include the recently discovered microcode bug with Intel's Skylake and Kaby Lake architectures.

Dell has just rolled-out an urgent BIOS update (version 1.3.4) for its popular XPS 15 9560-series notebook. The BIOS update mainly seems to be in response to the recent discovery of a serious bug in the microcode of Intel's Kaby Lake and Skylake architectures.

Last week we reported on a serious issue with Intel's hyperthreaded 6th and 7th-generation chips. The bug, which could result in system instability and corruption or loss of data, requires a BIOS or UEFI update to fix the bug. Luckily, it seems that Dell is on the ball this time and has pushed out a BIOS update which updates the CPU microcode. The full list of changes is enumerated below:

  1. Fixed a potential security issue with Bootguard code integrity chaining enforcement".
  2. Fixed a potential security issue with the Support Assist PreBoot feature
  3. Updated processor microcode
  4. Update Computrace 957
  5. Update PD firmware

Now, if only Dell could get around to fixing the screen flickering issues and enable Speed Shift...

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Douglas Black, 2017-07- 4 (Update: 2017-07- 4)
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I am a university Lecturer and researcher in English writing, but I like to keep myself busy. Between weightlifting, MMA, and SCUBA diving, one of my life-long interests has always been computers. I used Macs until about 17 years ago when I switched to PCs because of an interest in games, but I'm still interested in top quality laptops that push the design envelope.