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Faronics Antivirus and the January 3rd patches for the Meltdown and Spectre vunlerabilties.

Updated - January 8, 2017 - Faronics has released a patch utility that can be used to apply this registry key using the remote launch functions of both Faronics Core and the Deep Freeze Enterprise Console. Details are here. Additionally we will begin rolling this change out to our cloud based customers automatically over the course of January 9th, meaning that cloud customers should not have any need to apply this patch manually.

On January 3 Microsoft released a security patch to help mitigate the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities disclosed by a number of researchers. As part of these updates a requirement was introduced that requires antivirus vendors to validate their products against the patch before the patch will properly install on workstations.

Our QA team has been working to validate the patch and at this time we can confirm that there is no issue with the January 3rd patches to mitigate Meltdown and Specter and the latest releases of our Antivirus product. Customers needing to install the January 3rd update can at this time manually set the following registry key to allow the installation of this update;

Key = "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\QualityCompat"

This can be manually configured or added using the .REG key located here;

Our developers are currently investigating to see if there are other ways that we can further automate this process and we will provide updates here as that information is made available. If you are in need of further assistance please reach out to the Faroncis support team for further help.

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