Dell Warns of Hardware Trojan on Server Motherboards

. July 21, 2010 . 0 Comments

Dell is warning, that some of its PowerEdge R410 Rack server motherboards have been delivered to customers carrying computer malware, according to The Register. A hardware trojan lives out of reach of antivirus software.

News that Dell may have a hardware trojan problem emerged on a support forum after a user was warned by a Dell call centre that the firm’s PowerEdge R410 server motherboard contains spyware of unspecified function that a Dell engineer needed to come and remove.

Dell forum post: http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/servers/f/956/t/19339458.aspx

Dell confirms on the same forum: “The potential issue involves a small number of PowerEdge server motherboards sent out through service dispatches that may contain malware. This malware code has been detected on the embedded server management firmware.”

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