• Is firmware patching important?


    Susan Bradley

    By Susan Bradley

    Firmware patching has always been fraught with concern.

    Until very recently, applying firmware updates often meant launching the update process from a DOS prompt. You often received warnings that if your computer lost power during the process, your machine might be bricked. This is such a daunting thought that, for servers, I would often update the firmware when I initially installed the server and never touch it again.

    But firmware is nothing more than software, and — like every other kind of software these days — attackers find vulnerabilities in firmware. Recently, researchers found security issues in Lenovo consumer notebook firmware.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (19.19.0, 2022-05-09).