Certain firmware implementations may not correctly protect and validate information contained in certain UEFI variables. Exploitation of such vulnerabilities could potentially lead to bypass of security features and/or denial of service for the platform.
As discussed in recent conference publications (CanSecWest 2014, Syscan 2014, and Hack-in-the-Box 2014) certain UEFI implementations do not correctly protect and validate information contained in the 'Setup' UEFI variable. On some systems, this variable can be overwritten using operating system APIs. Exploitation of this vulnerability could potentially lead to bypass of security features, such as secure boot, and/or denial of service for the platform. Please refer to the conference publications for further details.
A local attacker that obtains administrator access to the operating system may be able to modify UEFI variables. Exploitation of such vulnerabilities could potentially lead to bypass of security features and/or denial of service for the platform.
Contact your BIOS or system vendor to determine if your system is affected. Additionally, MITRE has released the open source Copernicus tool that can help determine if a particular BIOS image is affected.
American Megatrends Incorporated (AMI)
Dell Computer Corporation, Inc.
Insyde Software Corporation
ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
Phoenix Technologies Ltd.
Thanks to Corey Kallenberg, Xeno Kovah, John Butterworth, and Sam Cornwell of the MITRE Corporation for reporting this vulnerability. Thanks also goes to the Advanced Threat Research and Security Center of Excellence from Intel.
This document was written by Todd Lewellen.
|Date First Published:||2014-06-09|
|Date Last Updated:||2015-02-03 13:56 UTC|