Lenovo says 'dump our support'

3 June 2016
Lenovo says 'dump our support'

Lenovo has warned users to uninstall their Accelerator support app, after it transpired that there's a huge flaw in it.

The tech company are just one of five companies who have pre-installed this potentially dangerously software. Of course, they've preinstalled programs on their computers before, which didn't end well.

Duo Security researcher Mikhail Davidov said that the vulnerabilities allow eavesdropping hackers to get into Accelerator's unencrypted update channels, which could compromise your device.

"A vulnerability was identified in the Lenovo Accelerator Application software which could lead to exploitation by an attacker with man-in-the-middle capabilities," Lenovo says.

"The vulnerability resides within the update mechanism where a Lenovo server is queried to identify if application updates are available."

"Lenovo recommends customers uninstall Lenovo Accelerator Application."

Only Lenovo machines with Windows 10 pre-installed have this vulnerable app.

Some laptops from Acer, Asus, Dell, and HP have also been tested, and were found to have similar weaknesses, so keep an eye on their sites for updates on that.

46 notebooks and 25 desktop lines from Lenovo have been affected, including the Y700 gaming laptop, IdeaCentre all-in-one desktops, and Yoga flip netbooks.

TOPICS:   Technology   Scams

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