Dude! You Got A Dell With A Security Vulnerability!

Many Dell PCs come with troubleshooting software called SupportAssist. But according to this advisory, it has a security flaw that can be exploited by malware and rogue logged-in users to gain administrator rights. And seeing that Dell has popped SupportAssist on millions of PCs, the possibilities for epic pwnage are endless. Thus to avoid being a victim, you need to ensure that you’re running Dell SupportAssist for Business PCs version 2.0.1 and Dell SupportAssist for Home PCs version 3.2.2.

But the fun doesn’t end there. Dell doesn’t actually make SupportAssist based on how I read the advisory. A company named PC Doctor actually makes the software. And they sell it to companies like Dell. Thus it is highly likely that other OEMs have the same issue, and the number of computers that are at risk is likely much higher. Thus expect other OEMs to be putting out similar warnings shortly. Not to mention that PC Doctor likely has some explaining to do to these OEMs about how they could screw up on this level.

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