Security News Intel discloses 34 security holes in firmware and software — Thunderbolt, XTU, chipset drivers, and more


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Feb 4, 2016
All but one have been patched.

Intel has disclosed a whopping 34 security vulnerabilities, contained within 32 pieces of software and two kinds of firmware. The 32 software security bugs broadly impact drivers for chipsets, Wi-Fi, and other components, and also include applications such as XTU, the oneAPI Toolkit, and Intel Unison. One software and one firmware vulnerability also impact Thunderbolt — Intel recommends all users update their Thunderbolt drivers and controllers immediately.

Unlike big security issues that Intel has encountered in the past, such as last year's Downfall vulnerability, these patches are for a number of unrelated issues. Such a disclosure isn't unprecedented for Intel, and the company discloses vulnerabilities in batches once all are patched (or, at least, patched among actively-maintained software and firmware).

Most of the software-related exploits occur in low-key programs, such as Intel's Battery Life Diagnostic Tool and other apps that most users probably don't use or haven't heard of. However, there are a few high-profile cases: Intel Unison, the oneAPI Toolkit and oneAPI Software Installers, and the CPU overclocking XTU app are all impacted by security issues. Some drivers are also impacted, which could be problematic as these sorts of drivers aren't guaranteed to be updated automatically.

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