Centrino chip flaw leaves notebooks open to hackers

I was wondering how long it would be before someone found a security flaw in the Centrino chipset and now it's happened - according to Sophos, the flaws could theoretically allow hackers to spread malicious code, including worms, wirelessly between laptops.

According to a statement by Intel, the security vulnerabilities exist in the Windows drivers for certain versions of its Wireless Network Connection hardware.

Graham Cluley, supreme IT security guru of the entire planet...


Sorry... senior technology consultant with Sophos, said that a hacker could exploit these wireless vulnerabilities to run malicious code on an innocent user's laptop, giving them control over other people's PCs or spreading a wireless worm.

The worm, says El Cluedo, can leap-frog from one laptop to the next.

"The good news is that we haven't seen any attacks using this exploit yet, but that doesn't mean computer users should be laid back about applying fixes," he explained.

According to the Sophos guru, it's essential that all companies remain alert to the latest security issues, and ensure their business computers are properly defended with the latest patches.

"The more time taken to patch a flaw, the greater the opportunity for a malicious hacker to exploit it," he said...