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Lenovo Fixes Two of Three Notebook BIOS Vulnerabilities

Lenovo has released updates to fix vulnerabilities in the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) that affect several of the company’s notebook models. The flaws could be exploited to modify secure boot settings. While three vulnerabilities have been identified, Lenovo is releasing foxes for just two, as the third affects a device that is no longer supported.

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  • The flaws allow the secure boot database (DBX) to be reset. That resets what is allowed and denied by the secure boot process, allowing a hacker’s code to be loaded at boot time. If you’re not managing the firmware on your fleet of laptops, you need to start figuring that out before your attackers do. Even so, test your process, BIOS updates can brick or otherwise be disruptive to users. The timing of which is never convenient, in fact, quite the opposite. At a bare minimum, track the versions and watch for unexpected updates.

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  • Lenovo fixes flaws that can be used to disable UEFI Secure Boot
  • New UEFI Firmware Flaws Reported in Several Lenovo Notebook Models

Alex Lim is a certified IT Technical Support Architect with over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex IT systems and networks. He has worked for leading IT companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco, providing technical support and solutions to clients across various industries and sectors. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of Singapore and a master’s degree in information security from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the author of several best-selling books on IT technical support, such as The IT Technical Support Handbook and Troubleshooting IT Systems and Networks. Alex lives in Bandar, Johore, Malaysia with his wife and two chilrdren. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Website | Twitter | Facebook

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