One popular laptop brand has been in the news a lot lately, but for the wrong reasons. Now, the company is releasing an important patch that prevents hackers from taking over computers through the BIOS. The BIOS is the most basic and fundamental software inside any computer.
Independent security researcher Roel Schouwenberg found the vulnerability this spring. Microsoft, Lenovo and Schouwenberg have been working together since to come up with a solution.
According to the official press release, it has to do with the way Lenovo used a Microsoft Windows mechanism in a feature found in its BIOS firmware called Lenovo Service Engine. LSE was installed in some Lenovo consumer PCs.
This vulnerability allows hackers easy access into your desktop computer. Once they're in, they can carry out whatever function or search through whatever file they want. All cybercriminals need to take over your computer is an in, and this breach gives them that in.
If you have the following Lenovo models, your computer may be at serious risk:
- Flex 2 Pro 15 (Broadwell)
- Flex 2 Pro 15 (Haswell)
- Flex 3 1120
- Flex 3 1470/1570
- G40-80/G50-80/G50-80 Touch
- Yoga 3 11
- Yoga 3 14
- Horizon 2 27
- Horizon 2e(Yoga Home 500)
- Horizon 2S
If your Lenovo model is listed above, click here to get the patch. Make sure you select the right update depending on the version of Windows you have installed on your computer. Installing the wrong one could crash your hard drive.