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December 7, 2015

Lenovo, Dell and Toshibha PCs found to have security risks in pre-installed software

A couple of weeks ago, we told you how some Dell PCs were found to have a pre-installed root certificate.

This poses a great security risk, in that an attacker could easily modify the certificate with some malicious code.

The user would be unaware of the change, which could result in any communication between the computer and websites the user visits being unencrypted. This could then be stolen by the attacker.

Dell had acknowledged the issue, and had promised to fix it in a software update, and alos posted intructions on how to remove the eDellroot certificate, from affected PCs.

And now, some new malwares have been found in some pre-installed [...]

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November 28, 2015

Windows Defender removes Dell’s eDellRoot certificate from affected computers

Earlier this week, we reported that renowned PC manufacturer, Dell had pre-loaded some of its computers with a certificate, which is self-signed by the company.

The issue is, that it poses a huge security threat as the certificate, can be ahcked by an attacker quite easily.

This in turn puts the user’s PC at great risk, as any connection which appears to be a secure connection, i.e., encrypted, may in fact be spied upon by an attacker. The vulnerability was spotted a programmer, whoi published his findings online. Soon after news of this spread like wildfire, and eventually reached the ears of the very company concerned, Dell.

The company has [...]

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November 24, 2015

Dell laptops found to come with a certificate hack, similar to Superfish

A few months ago, Chinese OEM Lenovo, was in the limelight, for a malware which came pre-installed on its computers.

This was the Superfish exploit, which put the user’s privacy at risk, because of a root certificate, signed by the company.

And now, American PC maker Dell seems to have followed in the dark footsteps of its rival. Some of Dell’s laptops have been found to come with a security exploit, much akin to Superfish.

The new exploit, which is currently unnamed, is actually a certificate hack, to be more precise one related to SSL (Secure Sockets Layer). In case you aren’t aware web browsers and other applications use the SSL [...]

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November 7, 2015

HP and Dell Technical Support ask users to stay away from Windows 10

Microsoft is trying its best to ensure that Windows 10 reaches out to as many PCs as possible.

But that apparently isn’t going down well, and we are not talking about the ways that the Redmond company is constantly pushing the updates forcibly on Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 PCs.

No, we are talking about OEMs and how they feel about Windows 10. LaptopMag‘s reporters went undercover and contacted the tech support lines of Dell and HP. And the Technical Support teams of both companies asked the users to stay away from Windows 10.

The funny part is that the calls were actually meant to test the quality of support the OEMs offer, but instead led to [...]

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