Thee DocKtor is very often offered insight into the practices of many IT departments. One issue that arises too often with docking station users at large enterprises, small businesses, and even government agencies is that their platforms are woefully in need of maintenance; maintenance per the manufactures’ recommendations.
Gone are the days of waiting to apply patches for security. But more often forgotten than implemented is the practice of platform maintenance. Just like automobiles, PCs (and Chromebooks, Macbooks, etc.) require maintenance. This recommendation is not just to keep the Targus docking stations working, but more importantly for security and to keep the PC functioning at its best and performing well. Some updates may even increase the useful life of the platform. Maintenance has been especially important since the discovery of Side Channel Security Vulnerabilities, like Spectre and Meltdown.
The new best practice (which Thee DocKtor highly recommends) is that for every deployed PC, IT departments (and those responsible) update BIOS, drivers, and firmware as recommended by support.OEM.com (replace “OEM” with your platforms manufacturer or associated vendor). Many of these updates affect dock and other device operation, regardless of the underlying technology.
Here are some useful links regarding the need for updates to mitigate Side Channel vulnerabilities from many popular OEMs:
- Apple: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208394
- Asus: https://www.asus.com/support/FAQ/1035291
- Dell: https://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/04/sln308588/microprocessor-side-channel-vulnerabilities-cve-2017-5715-cve-2017-5753-cve-2017-5754-impact-on-dell-emc-products-dell-enterprise-servers-storage-and-networking-?lang=en
- Google: https://www.chromium.org/Home/chromium-security/ssca
- HP: https://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c05869091?jumpid=reg_r1002_usen_c-001_title_r0002
- Lenovo: https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/solutions/LEN-18282
- Microsoft: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4073757/protect-your-windows-devices-against-spectre-meltdown
- Toshiba: https://support.toshiba.com/support/viewContentDetail?contentId=4015952
- AMD: https://www.amd.com/en/corporate/security-updates
- ARM: https://www.arm.com/company/news/2018/05/new-arm-ip-helps-protect-iot-devices-from-increasingly-prevalent-physical-threats
- Intel: https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/architecture-and-technology/facts-about-side-channel-analysis-and-intel-products.html
- nVidia: https://nvidia.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/4611
If I have left anyone out, please let me know in the Reply box below.
Thee DocKtor further recommends running and applying Windows Updates, Chromium Updates, macOS updates, etc. as appropriate after the above.