Items tagged with Firmware

When AMD's Socket AM4 platform for its brand-new Zen processors debuted, it came along with a number of growing pains. Most pressing were those related to the memory controller, but there were problems with USB connectivity and some early reliability issues, too. It's natural to expect there'd be similar teething... Read more...
Did you or someone you know build an AMD Ryzen machine only to be frustrated by strange stuttering issues? These problems have always existed in certain Ryzen systems, but only with the release of Windows 11 did the issue come to the forefront, because Windows 11 mandates the use of a Trusted Platform Module... Read more...
Do you own an Apple Studio Display? Have you been frustrated by the update failure errors over the past couple of days? And has it affected the ability to update your macOS as well? Well, an easy solution is at hand. Try again. No, seriously, that is the solution. Apple made a booboo with the software signing for... Read more...
When folks talk about major security flaws like the Log4shell exploit in Log4j, or the Eternal Silence UPnP exploit, everyone tends to panic until they're resolved. That's because those bugs are remotely exploitable, meaning that they can be used to attack a system over the internet without placing the attacker in... Read more...
A team from Binarly, a firmware protection company, recently discovered several repeatable anomalies on twenty different enterprise machines in the course of a job for a midsize enterprise company. After looking further into these anomalies and digging all the way down into the disassembly code, the team found 23... Read more...
Earlier this week, we reported on a rising trend of cybersecurity incidents worldwide, leading to the end of many businesses. Now, Microsoft is reporting that firmware attacks are also on the rise. Thus, Microsoft is working to help quell the problem in the future with new comprehensive investments into security. As... Read more...
Attackers with physical access to a device can generally do the most damage to a machine. This remains true with CVE-2020-8705, where an attacker with physical access can gain control of the system firmware while the device resumes from a sleep state. This means there could be privilege escalations, data loss, and... Read more...
Users of the Samsung Galaxy S20 line of smartphones have received several firmware updates for the devices since they launched. The last update for the S20 family that was released globally had several issues in particular for Galaxy S20 Ultra owners. Among the issues was a green tint to the display with the high... Read more...
Well, this is disturbing. Russian security researcher Vladislav Yarmak is warning of a backdoor that exists in firmware for digital video recorder (DVR) and network video recorder (NVR) powered by HiSilicon system-on-chip (SoC) hardware. This is a zero-day vulnerability that could allow an attacker to gain root access... Read more...
Owners of certain models of Lenovo computers have found that their USB ports and Thunderbolt ports may not work as they should. Multiple Lenovo notebook models have been identified as having issues with their USB-C connectors. The faulty ports often begin to malfunction after six or 12 months of use. Users having... Read more...
There's no question that we’re are living in relatively dangerous times with regards to cybersecurity concerns. There isn't a week that goes by that we don't hear of app malware, some large corporation's customers database being raided, or devices themselves being the subject of low-level attacks. The good news... Read more...
Last month reports were making the rounds that Microsoft had started to issue replacements for Surface Pro 4 devices that had screen issues due to faulty firmware updates. Some Surface Pro 4 owners were able to get Microsoft to give them a warranty replacement, and others were unsuccessful in getting that done... Read more...
Back in October Google disabled the touch controls on the Google Home Mini after a flaw in the controls left the speaker listening to everything that was said in a home. The touch controls on the top of the unit were supposed to be used to activate the Google Assistant. Originally it was said that the touch... Read more...
Around two years ago, researchers discovered serious firmware vulnerabilities in Mac laptops and desktops, and then developed a proof-of-concept worm to demonstrate how potentially damaging they could be. Since then, Apple has been pretty good about including EFI (extensible firmware interface) updates with its macOS... Read more...
Microsoft recently announced a refresh to its Surface Pro 4 models with upgrades to Intel's latest generation processors (Kaby Lake). Part of the promise in upgrading to 7th generation Core CPUs is better batty life—Microsoft said its updated models offer up to 50 percent more run time than the previous generation... Read more...
Earlier this month, we informed you of a nasty vulnerability in certain Netgear routers that opened them up to remote exploits, including “arbitrary command injection” by nefarious parties. Four months after Netgear was first notified about the exploit, no response from the company (or fix) was provided, so a proof of... Read more...
It’s another day, and another backdoor Android exploit has been discovered. Last week, we brought you news of a secret backdoor installed on a number of budget Android devices that was beaming personal information (test messages, phone numbers, contacts) to servers in China. Today, we’re learning of another exploit... Read more...
If you’re a victim of severe battery drain on the Surface Pro 3 tablet, we’ve got some good news for you today -- a fix has been released for customers. Interestingly, Microsoft says that the battery drain only affected a “limited number” of Surface Pro 3 devices. In short, the battery’s full charge capacity was... Read more...
The last time Tesla released a major over-the-air (OTA) update for its Model S electric sedan, it improved upon the already stellar “Insane Mode” found on the dual-motor P85D. But Tesla CEO Elon Musk has something even more promising in store with a new OTA update that will be available to all Model S owners. Musk... Read more...
Microsoft has begun doling out its October update for the Xbox One to preview program members. It's a pretty big update with somewhat of a heavy focus on improving Snap support. After applying the update, the Snap Center will include faster access to Friends, Messages, Game DVR, clock, and battery indicator when... Read more...
A hacker (“Craig”) on a site devoted to embedded device hacking posted a lengthy entry detailing how he, on a whim and armed with boredom and too much Shasta cola, reverse-engineered a firmware update and found a backdoor to certain D-Link routers that allows one to access the devices’ web interface... Read more...
Woe is the PlayStation 3 gamer who jumped at the chance to install Sony's newest firmware update, version 4.45. After it was made available, it didn't take long for complaints to surface on Twitter, Reddit, and Sony's own support forum lamenting the fact that the update was bricking consoles, turning their gaming... Read more...
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