PowerEdge R410 Motherboards Ship with malware/trojan in Firmware

Brian A. Seklecki lavalamp at spiritual-machines.org
Wed Jul 21 11:30:07 CDT 2010


Oh man:

http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2010/07/pc-giant-warns-of-hardware-tro.html

http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/servers/f/956/t/19339458.aspx

 No details yet.

 Could just easily be a RHEL or ESXi rootkit; or even code that
 runs outside the OS/Kernel and provides a leak.

 Of course, Symantec Enpoint is off when you're in safe mode.  Not
 like that crap actually prevents spyware, anyway.

 Perfect.

 Probably an act of industrial sabotage; 3rd party probably paid (or
 otherwise subverted) staff at the FoxConn plant (or whomever was the
 lowest bidder), to load it knowing some target company-X would soon need
 a replacement unit from that source.

~BAS



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