Lenovo patches vulnerabilities: Researchers find ‘massive security risk’

World’s best computer manufacturer Lenovo has been caught operating a “gigantic security hazard” on the grounds that blemishes in its online item update service permitting attackers to put malware onto its clients’ computers through a MiTM (man-in-the-center) hack. Users are exposed to hacking, and are advised to update their system immediately.

Three months after Lenovo was gotten out for introducing risky software onto its PCs, the world’s biggest computer maker has been blamed for careless efforts to establish security. IOActive a Security firm reports that it found significant vulnerabilities in Lenovo’s update framework that could permit hackers to bypass authentication checks, supplant authentic Lenovo software with noxious software, and operate summons from afar.

The researchers discovered the imperfections in February, and have now opened up to the world on them in the wake of giving Lenovo time to build up a patch, released a month ago.

At the same time, while the patch alters the issues, clients need to download the security upgrade to secure themselves.

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Should a person having Lenovo machine upgrade their system in a coffee shop, a different person could possibly utilize the security vulnerability to swap Lenovo’s software with their personal — what the analysts name the “classic coffee shop attack”. The most genuine of the malwares permits slightest privileged clients to command as a PC user in the edition and prior of Lenovo PC upgrade, IOActive said.

Sofiane Tlmat and Michael Milvich (researchers) wrote, “Lenovo does attempt to restrict access to the System Update Service by requiring clients of the named pipe to authenticate by including a security token with the command the unprivileged user wishes to execute. Unfortunately this token is a predictable token and can be generated by any user without requiring any elevated permissions.”

The defect trains in on ThinkStation, ThinkCenter and ThinkPad items, and V-series, and B, E, K models. Lenovo was initially cautioned to the vulnerability in February, and was offered time to discharge a patch – which was made accessible a month ago – before IOActive imparted the news openly.

As per advisory, “An attacker can create a fake [certificate authority] and use it to create a code-signing certificate, which can then be used to sign executables. Since the System Update failed to properly validate the certificate authority, the System Update will accept the executables signed by the fake certificate and execute them as a privileged user.”

Evidently Lenovo neglected to appropriately accept the certificate power chain, permitting a hacker to make a fake certificate, closing down their malware-laden performable.

Resarechers wrote, “A local attacker could exploit this to perform a local privilege escalation by waiting for the System Update to verify the signature of the executable, and then swapping out the executable with a malicious version before the System Update is able to run the executable. When the System Update gets around to running the executable, it will run the malicious version, thinking it was the executable that it had already verified. An attacker can use this to gain elevated permissions.”

Update: Lenovo stated in a declaration to ThreatPost, “Existing installations of Lenovo System Update will prompt the user to automatically install the updated version of the program when the application is run. Alternatively, users may manually update System Update as described in the security advisory. Lenovo recommends that all users update System Update to eliminate the vulnerabilities reported by IOActive. In general, Lenovo encourages its users to keep their systems up to date by allowing automatic updates to run when prompted.”

Ali Raza Ali is a freelance journalist, having 5 years of experience in web journalism and marketing. He contributes to various online publications. With a Master degree, now he combines his passions for writing about internet security and technology for SecurityGladiators. When he is not working, he loves traveling and playing games.
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