Dell has released a security patch that addresses a security vulnerability in its computers from 2009 and fixes it.
The vulnerability exists in Dell – and Alienware – driver used by their firmware update utilities. With it, hackers can secure full permissions of your Windows system on the kernel level.
To exploit this flaw, hackers would need access to your computer. This access can be through malware, phishing, or having remote access privileges. And although the defect has existed since 2009, Dell says there is no evidence of exploitation. The company also said the vulnerability doesn’t come pre loaded on systems. Instead, users install them when they update their system’s firmware.
We advise everyone with a Dell or Alienware machine to update the necessary drivers.