By now, you’ve heard about the side-channel analysis vulnerabilities commonly known as Meltdown and Spectre that affect many modern microprocessors. These vulnerabilities were first described by a team of security researchers in January 2018. Dell EMC issued a Knowledge Base article describing these vulnerabilities at, and now you may be asking yourself, "what next? How do I apply the needed BIOS updates?"

This document serves as a brief guide to Dell EMC recommended best practices for obtaining and applying BIOS updates. As always, Dell supplies different tools so that our customers can choose the method best suited to their particular IT environment and needs. In general, servers may require updates for reasons such as security updates, performance enhancements, enabling new functionality, new operating system support, and general bug fixes. Regardless of the reason, server updates ensure that Dell EMC customers get the most out of their investment.