What you need to know about Dell’s root certificate security debacle

Rubric: Dell | 25 Nov 2015 | no comments yet »
What you need to know about Dell’s root certificate security debacle

Dell Acknowledges Security Hole in New Laptops. In an attempt to streamline remote support, Dell installed a self-signed root certificate and corresponding private key on its customers’ computers, apparently without realizing that this exposes users’ encrypted communications to potential spying. Major U.S. computer company Dell Inc said on Monday a security hole exists in some of its recently shipped laptops that could make it easy for hackers to access users’ private data. Even more surprising is that the company did this while being fully aware of a very similar security blunder by one of its competitors, Lenovo, that came to light in February. A pre-installed program on some newly purchased ...

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Dell’s security-shattering PC root certificate debacle: What you need to know

Rubric: Dell | 25 Nov 2015 | no comments yet »
Dell’s security-shattering PC root certificate debacle: What you need to know

Dell Acknowledges Security Hole in New Laptops. In an attempt to streamline remote support, Dell installed a self-signed root certificate and corresponding private key on its customers’ computers, apparently without realizing that this exposes users’ encrypted communications to potential spying. Major U.S. computer company Dell Inc said on Monday a security hole exists in some of its recently shipped laptops that could make it easy for hackers to access users’ private data.If you’ve noticed articles on Facebook loading a little quicker recently, that’s because the new Instant Articles have been launched to all iPhone users. Even more surprising is that the company did this ...

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Dell is looking into its apparent Superfish-like problem

Rubric: Dell | 24 Nov 2015 | no comments yet »
Dell is looking into its apparent Superfish-like problem

Dell acknowledges security hole in new laptops. Computer company Dell said a security hole exists in some of its recently shipped laptops that could make it easy for hackers to access users’ private data.Dell in a statement told Reuters, “The recent situation raised is related to an on-the-box support certificate intended to provide a better, faster and easier customer support experience…Unfortunately, the certificate introduced an unintended security vulnerability.” While consumers can manually remove the pre-installed certificate, it compromises the root security of a system and can allow cyber-criminals to read private messages, carry out phishing attacks and steal private data. Dell ...

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Dell acknowledges security hole in new laptops

Rubric: Dell | 24 Nov 2015 | no comments yet »
Dell acknowledges security hole in new laptops

Dell Plans Fix for Security Flaw That Could Let Hackers Snoop on Traffic. Computer company Dell said a security hole exists in some of its recently shipped laptops that could make it easy for hackers to access users’ private data. Dell in a statement told Reuters, “The recent situation raised is related to an on-the-box support certificate intended to provide a better, faster and easier customer support experience…Unfortunately, the certificate introduced an unintended security vulnerability.” While consumers can manually remove the pre-installed certificate, it compromises the root security of a system and can allow cyber-criminals to read private messages, carry out phishing attacks ...

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Sloppy Security Software Exposes Dell Laptops to Hackers

Rubric: Dell | 24 Nov 2015 | no comments yet »
Sloppy Security Software Exposes Dell Laptops to Hackers

Dell Plans Fix for Security Flaw That Could Let Hackers Snoop on Traffic. Computer company Dell said a security hole exists in some of its recently shipped laptops that could make it easy for hackers to access users’ private data. Dell in a statement told Reuters, “The recent situation raised is related to an on-the-box support certificate intended to provide a better, faster and easier customer support experience…Unfortunately, the certificate introduced an unintended security vulnerability.” While consumers can manually remove the pre-installed certificate, it compromises the root security of a system and can allow cyber-criminals to read private messages, carry out phishing attacks ...

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Sloppy Security Software Exposes Dell Laptops to Hackers

Rubric: Dell | 24 Nov 2015 | no comments yet »
Sloppy Security Software Exposes Dell Laptops to Hackers

Dell Plans Fix for Security Flaw That Could Let Hackers Snoop on Traffic. Computer company Dell said a security hole exists in some of its recently shipped laptops that could make it easy for hackers to access users’ private data. Dell in a statement told Reuters, “The recent situation raised is related to an on-the-box support certificate intended to provide a better, faster and easier customer support experience…Unfortunately, the certificate introduced an unintended security vulnerability.” While consumers can manually remove the pre-installed certificate, it compromises the root security of a system and can allow cyber-criminals to read private messages, carry out phishing attacks ...

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Dell security error widens as researchers dig deeper

Rubric: Dell | 24 Nov 2015 | no comments yet »
Dell security error widens as researchers dig deeper

Dell Plans Fix for Security Flaw That Could Let Hackers Snoop on Traffic. Computer company Dell said a security hole exists in some of its recently shipped laptops that could make it easy for hackers to access users’ private data. Dell in a statement told Reuters, “The recent situation raised is related to an on-the-box support certificate intended to provide a better, faster and easier customer support experience…Unfortunately, the certificate introduced an unintended security vulnerability.” While consumers can manually remove the pre-installed certificate, it compromises the root security of a system and can allow cyber-criminals to read private messages, carry out phishing attacks ...

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Dell acknowledges security hole in new laptops

Rubric: Dell | 24 Nov 2015 | no comments yet »
Dell acknowledges security hole in new laptops

Dell Plans Fix for Security Flaw That Could Let Hackers Snoop on Traffic. Dell in a statement told Reuters, “The recent situation raised is related to an on-the-box support certificate intended to provide a better, faster and easier customer support experience…Unfortunately, the certificate introduced an unintended security vulnerability.” While consumers can manually remove the pre-installed certificate, it compromises the root security of a system and can allow cyber-criminals to read private messages, carry out phishing attacks and steal private data.The flaw, discovered by a private security researcher and announced Sunday, highlights the difficulty of implementing encryption schemes ...

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Dell Confirms Loophole on Its PCs Can Let Hackers Snoop on You

Rubric: Dell | 24 Nov 2015 | no comments yet »
Dell Confirms Loophole on Its PCs Can Let Hackers Snoop on You

Dell Plans Fix for Security Flaw That Could Let Hackers Snoop on Traffic. Dell in a statement told Reuters, “The recent situation raised is related to an on-the-box support certificate intended to provide a better, faster and easier customer support experience…Unfortunately, the certificate introduced an unintended security vulnerability.” While consumers can manually remove the pre-installed certificate, it compromises the root security of a system and can allow cyber-criminals to read private messages, carry out phishing attacks and steal private data. The flaw, discovered by a private security researcher and announced Sunday, highlights the difficulty of implementing encryption schemes ...

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Dell security error widens as researchers dig deeper

Rubric: Dell | 24 Nov 2015 | no comments yet »
Dell security error widens as researchers dig deeper

Dell Plans Fix for Security Flaw That Could Let Hackers Snoop on Traffic. The flaw, discovered by a private security researcher and announced Sunday, highlights the difficulty of implementing encryption schemes to protect computer users.New models from the XPS, Precision and Inspiron families include a powerful root CA certificate called eDellRoot, which puts the machines’ owners at risk of identity theft and banking fraud. The certificate is bundled with its private key, which is a boon for man-in-the-middle attackers: for example, if an affected Dell connects to a malicious Wi-Fi hotspot, whoever runs that hotspot can use Dell’s cert and key to silently decrypt the victims’ ...

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