Critical flaws on laptops let hackers take control


Pre-installed software using unsecure updating mechanisms becomes an entry point for hackers

According to security research the software that is pre-installed (a.k.a. bloatware) on mainstream laptops from HP, Acer, Dell, Asus, and Lenovo makes it possible for hackers to hijack and compromise the PC's in less than 10 minutes.

All the laptops come with automatic updaters developed by the computer's manufacturer to update system drivers or the BIOS, as well as the bloatware, and the researchers discovered that every single manufacturer's updater had security vulnerabilities that put the user at risk.

Short of explicitely disabling updaters and removing OEM components altogether, the end user can do very little to protect themselves from the vulnerabilities created by OEM update components.