Critical Firmware Vulnerability in Gigabyte Systems Exposes ~7 Million Devices
Cybersecurity researchers have found “backdoor-like behavior” within Gigabyte systems, which they say enables the UEFI firmware of the devices to drop a Windows executable and retrieve updates in an unsecure format.
Firmware security firm Eclypsium said it first detected the anomaly in April 2023. Gigabyte has since acknowledged and addressed the issue.
“Most Gigabyte firmware includes a Windows Native Binary executable embedded inside of the UEFI firmware,” John Loucaides, senior vice president of strategy at Eclypsium, told The Hacker News.
“The detected Windows executable is dropped to disk and executed as part of the Windows startup process, similar to the LoJack double agent attack. This executable then downloads and runs additional binaries via insecure methods.”
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