ESET researchers have identified and analyzed three vulnerabilities affecting various models of Lenovo laptops.
The first two – CVE-2021-3971, CVE-2021-3972 – affect UEFI firmware drivers, originally intended for use only in Lenovo’s consumer laptop manufacturing process. Unfortunately, they were erroneously included in production BIOS images without proper deactivation.
An attacker can enable these firmware drivers to directly disable SPI flash protection or the UEFI secure boot feature from a privileged user mode process.
The third vulnerability, CVE-2021-3970, allows arbitrary reads/writes from/to SMRAM, which could lead to malicious code executing with SMM privileges and potentially lead to the deployment of an SPI flash implant.
The problem is that the vulnerabilities affect more than a hundred different models of Lenovo laptops. Given the company’s sales, we are talking about millions of laptops in the hands of users.
ESET specialists reported about the vulnerabilities of Lenovo itself back in October. At the same time, some models will not receive any patches, because their support period has expired. For example, these are Ideapad 330-15IGM and Ideapad 110-15IGR.
First laptop with sub-flagship Intel graphics. Machenike Discovery Edition 2022 received Arc A730M
Intel video cards are still practically unavailable on the market, but sooner or later this will change. So, from today, the Machenike Discovery Edition 2022 laptop with a mid-budget Intel 3D card is available for pre-order.
The laptop is equipped with Arc A730M, which configuration includes 3072 cores and 12 GB of memory. Only the Arc A750M is older.
The laptop is also equipped with a 16-inch 2.5K screen with a frame rate of 165 Hz, a Core i7-12700H processor, 16 GB of RAM and an 80 Wh battery.
The laptop is asking for about $1,275, but a promotion is expected on June 6, during which the price will drop to $1,110. At the same time, there is no information about the date of delivery, so, perhaps, such a laptop will arrive to its customers only in two or three months.
16-core Core i9-12950HX, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and 360Hz screen. Asus unveils ROG Strix SCAR 17 SE, its most powerful laptop yet
Asus today introduced several new products, including the ROG Strix SCAR 17 SE, one of the company’s most powerful and most expensive laptops. So, it is built on a 16-core Core i9-12950HX processor, the most powerful representative of the Alder Lake-S line.
Recall that the Core i9-12950HX debuted last week. Its configuration includes 8 high-performance cores up to 5 GHz and 8 energy-efficient cores up to 3.6 GHz, as well as 30 MB of L3 cache. There are two options for discrete graphics accelerators: the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti with 8 GB of GDDR6 memory in the base version and the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti with 16 GB of its own memory in the top version. In both cases, the battery capacity was 90 Wh.
There are also two screen options: Full HD with a frame rate of 360 Hz and coverage of 100% of the sRGB color space or QHD with a frame rate of 240 Hz and coverage of 100% of the DCI-P3 color space.
There are two slots for RAM modules, you can install 64 GB of DDR5 memory. There are also two slots for M.2 drives, you can install two 2 TB SSDs. There are also Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi 6E adapters, HDMI 2.1 video output, RJ-45 network port, USB-C with Thunderbolt 4, one USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C (DisplayPort 1.4/Power Delivery) and two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A.
Model dimensions – 395 x 282.1 x 23.4-28.3 mm, weight – 3 kg. The ROG Strix SCAR 17 SE will be available in Europe in the third quarter of 2022 starting at €3,200.
Introduced foldable AMOLED display for laptops. It debuts in the Asus ZenBook 17 Fold OLED
Chinese display manufacturer BOE has unveiled a unique 17.3-inch foldable AMOLED display for laptops that will be commercialized later this year.
BOE has revealed that the new F-OLED displays will be supplied exclusively by Asis for the ZenBook 17 Fold OLED laptop, which will be released later this year. BOE also won the Best Technology Demonstration Award.
The folding BOE display attracted a lot of attention from the visitors of the exhibition. The display covers 100% of the DCI-P3 color gamut and has ultra-thin bezels. It has an aspect ratio of 4:3 and is characterized by a resolution of 2560 x 1920 pixels. In addition, the display supports an active stylus.
The company also showcased the world’s largest 95-inch 8K OLED display at the show, a 34-inch WQHD R1500 curved Mini LED display designed specifically for esports. It offers a 21:9 aspect ratio and a high refresh rate of 165Hz.
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