Gigabyte Motherboards Shipped With Firmware Backdoor

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The firmware installs software updates from unsecure web servers.

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Firmware-focused cybersecurity company Eclypsium discovered the hidden firmware.

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The firmware is implemented insecurely, allowing the installation of potential malware instead of Gigabyte’s software updates.

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271 Gigabyte models are said to have been affected by the hidden firmware.

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The security breach could result in malefactors leveraging the OEM backdoor for loading up harmful rootkits.

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Gigabyte has been informed about the vulnerability and is planning to resolve the issues with a firmware update.

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The situation is similar to Sony’s rootkit scandal wherein the company had hidden codes of digital-management rights providing an opportunity to potential hackers to hide their malware.

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