Intel announces 16 new BIOS vulnerabilities on Core and Xeon

Intel announces 16 new BIOS vulnerabilities on Core and Xeon processors

Intel has published data on this 16 new BIOS vulnerabilities, which can be used by attackers to perform various types of attacks, including privilege escalation and data theft. The issue is reported to affect 6th to 11th Gen Intel Core processors as well as Xeon W, Xeon E and Xeon D.

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This is the first time these vulnerabilities have been released, but they are in many ways similar to previously reported motherboard BIOS issues, with ten of them being given a High Severity rating. All new vulnerabilities can be used to take full control over the local computer. The good news is that they cannot be used remotely and an attacker would need physical access to a computer with a vulnerable processor to launch an attack.

The problems are related to a number of bugs found in the BIOS of motherboards. First off, we’re talking about insufficient control over control flows, buffer overflows, flawed validation, and more. All of this can be used to escalate privileges on the local device and perform Denial of Service attacks. Many vulnerabilities are serious because they can be used to bypass security tools. This is because most security tools rely on the operating system, which loads after the BIOS completes the Power-On Self-Test process.

According to reports, Intel will release a BIOS microcode update that will fix the identified vulnerabilities. The company also recommends that users use the latest BIOS versions as they offer the highest level of protection.



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