To help mitigate the risks posed by Spectre and Meltdown, Microsoft has released OS-specific mitigations with the January 2018 Security Updates. In parallel, we are working to incorporate more CPU processor microcode updates into the Microsoft Update Catalog.
The multivendor mitigation process , however, continues to be complex—some machines require OS updates, some require microcode updates, and others require both.
While working to successfully roll out all the necessary mitigations, Windows Defender ATP customers can now use the new Threat analytics dashboard to continually assess their risk exposure to Spectre and Meltdown. With the charts on this new dashboard, customers can quickly identify machines with or without the necessary mitigations.
The charts include:
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