Security Wire Weekly

Jun 22 2009   1:33PM GMT

When BIOS updates become malware attacks

Jessica Scarpati Jessica Scarpati Profile: Jessica Scarpati

Threat Monitor

Most security pros don’t give the system BIOS a second thought, or even a first one, but today’s BIOS types are highly susceptible to malicious hackers. Information security threats expert Sherri Davidoff explains how attackers can plant BIOS malware and how security pros can thwart such attacks.

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  • Jimit
    This is what you get when you allow flashing of the BIOS from inside the operating system. I tried to warn people about this when it was first proposed. We even ran a proof of concept exploit showing that a virus could be attached to a BIOS flashing utility to render the motherboard unusable. And not just on computers either. Your uber-expensive routers - they have BIOS too. THERE WAS A REASON YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO HAVE A FLOPPY AND PHYSICAL ACCESS!!!!!!
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