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    Trojanised / Hacked Asus LiveUpdate (Armory crate?)

    Hey forum user,

    Are you using Asus LiveUpdate (Armory Crate?), then i suggest you stop using it and go back (like i do) the old fashioned way. Update things yourself by visiting the board website. Here's why you don't WANT it working / shouldn't be using it! Just got this linked by one of my favorite and local tech sites.

    Armory Crate / Live Update is a SECURITY RISK and a big one! I've been saying that from the start and disable it immediately on every bios update. Need proof?

    https://securelist.com/operation-shadowhammer/89992/
    https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/a...s-of-computers


    The ball is in your court. Figured everyone deserves to know, if asus doesn't come out with a statement on these forums on their own.

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    The below link breaks it down well. This is a major security event and ASUS is refusing to acknowledge it.

    *https://www.reddit.com/r/intel/comme...medium=ios_app

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    I hate programs like this I like to go download my drivers the normal way from the site. I don't even allow crap like g force experience on any PC in this house crap programs fully. Good find and good to know :] Edit ...the big question is how does anyone learn on a PC when you use a program to find your drivers etc the answer is you don't learn anything and programs like this are a security risk and keep you dumb on a PC just my view.
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    What is ASUS doing to remedy the existing threat: Is there an official fix.

    Or are we just screwed? Shouldn't have been allowed to have taken place in the first place. Everyone in US should complain to Federal Trade Commission per https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/doc...sustekcmpt.pdf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by btrach144 View Post
    The below link breaks it down well. This is a major security event and ASUS is refusing to acknowledge it.

    *https://www.reddit.com/r/intel/comme...medium=ios_app
    I wouldn't expect any acknowledgement here since this forum isn't an official communication channel. The Spectre response was posted on the news & press releases area of the ASUS website so keep an eye there.

    From what I understand there were a limited number of targeted users, so as bad as is the likelihood is that nobody here was on the list.
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    Anything And Everything Can Be Hacked , One Way Or Another ,

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    The amount of targetted users is irrelevant. If it were only 1 (Asus CEO / CFO?) i bet they'd be on their hind legs over this. They need to make a statement, push an update and DISABLE THAT CRAP by default in the BIOS. Or even better, remove it completely from the BIOS. It shouldn't even be in there (armory crate), that's sony rootkit type of stuff. Remember that?

    This needs adressing like yesterday!

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    Possible detection resource

    According to https://securelist.com/operation-shadowhammer/89992/ :

    "We’ve also created a tool which can be run to determine if your computer has been one of the surgically selected targets of this attack. To check this, it compares MAC addresses of all adapters to a list of predefined values hardcoded in the malware and alerts if a match was found.

    Download an archive with the tool (https://kas.pr/shadowhammer)

    Also, you may check MAC addresses online. If you discover that you have been targeted by this operation, please e-mail us at: shadowhammer@kaspersky.com.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ch3vr0n View Post
    The amount of targetted users is irrelevant. If it were only 1 (Asus CEO / CFO?) i bet they'd be on their hind legs over this. They need to make a statement, push an update and DISABLE THAT CRAP by default in the BIOS. Or even better, remove it completely from the BIOS. It shouldn't even be in there (armory crate), that's sony rootkit type of stuff. Remember that?

    This needs adressing like yesterday!
    Not relevant to the need for a response, indeed not. Supposedly Kaspersky has been working with ASUS on this so ASUS should have some idea what is going on and it would be good to release an initial statement even if more investigation is necessary.

    But for end users concerned their banking credentials may have been stolen or something equally nefarious it's at least mildly reassuring to know they likely were not the target.
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    I always considered that as bloatware.
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