Intel Desktop Boards BIOS Unauthorized BIOS Flash (INTEL-SA-00019)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 42180


It is possible to flash the BIOS on the remote desktop system without explicit authorization.


The version of the Intel BIOS on the remote host allows an unauthorized user to flash the BIOS without explicit authorization from a user or supervisor. An attacker can exploit this vulnerability to flash the BIOS and downgrade it to an older version, which allows the attacker to gain unauthorized access to system.


Upgrade the system BIOS on the remote host.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 42180

File Name: intel_bios_unauth_flash.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.8 $

Type: local

Family: Misc.

Published: 2009/10/19

Modified: 2014/11/26

Dependencies: 34097, 34098

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.2

Temporal Score: 4.6

Vector: CVSS2#AV:L/AC:H/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:U/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

Required KB Items: BIOS/Version, BIOS/Vendor

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2009/10/16

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2009/10/16

Reference Information

BID: 36720