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Intel plugs Centrino vulns

Wi-Fi virus fears played down

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Intel has released security updates for its Centrino wireless chipset device drivers and its PROSet management software designed to guard against a trio of serious security vulns.

One of the flaws creates a possible means for hackers to inject hostile code into systems running vulnerable versions of Centrino Wireless Device Driver software, prompting concerns about the possibility of malware spreading across wireless networks.

Public exploits of this vulnerability on either of the other two are yet to emerge, so let's not panic just yet. The other two flaws covered a privilege escalation vulnerability involving device drivers and information disclosure bug involving Intel PROSet management software.

Intel's announcement of the vulns - containing advice of what drivers are available and links to patches and software tools - can be found here. In the absence of automated tools from PC manufacturers, users will normally be obliged to install these software updates themselves.

Announcement of the vulnerabilities comes ahead of a talk this week on exploiting wireless device drivers at the DEF CON conference in Vegas, a perhaps not entirely unconnected event. ®

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