GIGABYTE Launches New Motherboard BIOS Updates to Address Recent Security Concerns Involving App Center Backdoor


GIGABYTE has announced that it will be rolling out new BIOS updates to address those reports from yesterday about how the company had sold millions of PC motherboards with a firmware backdoor. New beta BIOSes for Intel 700/600 and AMD 500/400 series motherboards are already available, according to GIGABYTE, while new BIOSes for Intel 500/400 and AMD 600 series chipset motherboards will be released later today. Eclypsium, a firmware-focused cybersecurity company, detailed GIGABYTE’s oversight in a blog post dated May 31.

From a GIGABYTE press release:

GIGABYTE Technology, one of the leading global manufacturers of motherboards, graphics cards, and hardware solutions, has always prioritized cybersecurity and information security. GIGABYTE remains committed to fostering close collaboration with relevant units and implementing robust security measures to safeguard its users.

GIGABYTE engineers have already mitigated potential risks and uploaded the Intel 700/600 and AMD 500/400 series Beta BIOS to the official website after conducting thorough testing and validation of the new BIOS on GIGABYTE motherboards.

To fortify system security, GIGABYTE has implemented stricter security checks during the operating system boot process. These measures are designed to detect and prevent any possible malicious activities, providing users with enhanced protection:

  1. Signature Verification: GIGABYTE has bolstered the validation process for files downloaded from remote servers. This enhanced verification ensures the integrity and legitimacy of the contents, thwarting any attempts by attackers to insert malicious code.
  2. Privilege Access Limitations: GIGABYTE has enabled standard cryptographic verification of remote server certificates. This guarantees that files are exclusively downloaded from servers with valid and trusted certificates, ensuring an added layer of protection.

BIOS updates for the Intel 500/400 and AMD 600 series chipset motherboards will also be released on the GIGABYTE official website later today, along with updates for previously released motherboards.

GIGABYTE recommends that users regularly visit the official GIGABYTE website for future BIOS updates.

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