BIOS "Rootkit" Preloaded In 60% of New Laptops

Felipe Sanches felipe.sanches en
Vie Jul 31 22:13:36 UTC 2009

BIOS "Rootkit" Preloaded In 60% of New
Friday July 31, @12:45PM
 * Posted by kdawson on Friday July 31, @12:45PM*
*from the hijacking-lojack dept.*
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 Keldrin_1 writes *"Researchers Alfredo Ortega and Anibal Sacco, from Core
Security Technologies, have discovered a
vulnerability<>in the
'Computrace LoJack for Laptops' software. This is a BIOS-level
application that calls home for instructions in case the laptop is ever lost
or stolen. However, what the application considers 'home' is subject to
change. This allows the creation of malware capable of 'infecting the BIOS
with persistent code that survive reboots and reflashing attempts.'
Computers from Dell, Lenovo, HP, Toshiba, Asus, and others may be affected."
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