Dell Warns of Hardware Trojan on Server Motherboards

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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