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posted by martyb on Saturday February 21 2015, @03:46PM   Printer-friendly
from the fishing-for-answers dept.

Reuters reports that the US Department of Homeland Security has advised Lenovo customers to remove "Superfish" software from their computers. According to an alert released through its National Cyber Awareness System, the software makes users vulnerable to SSL spoofing and could allow a remote attacker to read encrypted web browser traffic, spoof websites, and perform other attacks on Lenovo PCs with the software installed.

Lenovo inititally said it stopped shipping the software because of complaints about features, not a security vulnerability. "We have thoroughly investigated this technology and do not find any evidence to substantiate security concerns," the company said in a statement to Reuters early on Thursday. On Friday, Lenovo spokesman Brion Tingler said the company's initial findings were flawed and that it was now advising customers to remove the software and providing instructions for uninstalling "Superfish". "We should have known about this sooner," Tingler said in an email. "And if we could go back, we never would have installed this software on our machines. But we can't, so we are dealing with this head on."

[Editor's Note: For background information on this threat, Ars Technica has coverage here, here, here, and here.]

 
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  • (Score: 5, Funny) by jasassin on Saturday February 21 2015, @05:34PM

    by jasassin (3566) <jasassin@gmail.com> on Saturday February 21 2015, @05:34PM (#147814) Journal

    Superfish? Is that some Windoze crapware?

    Watch out! You are bound to summon HairyFeet and we'll all have to listen to his sermon on the Ubuntu Amazon lens fiasco... again.

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by nightsky30 on Saturday February 21 2015, @06:49PM

    by nightsky30 (1818) on Saturday February 21 2015, @06:49PM (#147843)

    Do you have to say the name 3 times?

    I was not very happy with Amabuntu either, but I think this is worse.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 23 2015, @04:54AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 23 2015, @04:54AM (#148312)

    Watch out! You are bound to summon HairyFeet

    He won't have the courage to pop up here. He's been shilling for Comodo for decades and they've been busted doing the same thing.

    https://blog.hboeck.de/archives/865-Comodo-ships-Adware-Privdog-worse-than-Superfish.html [hboeck.de]