Your Dell laptop could be exposed to a devastating remote attack that would give hackers the ability to implant malicious code onto your machine. But don't worry, there is an easy way to protect your PC, and keep your data safe.
A fault in Dell's SupportAssist app reportedly opens the door to a remote cyber attack, according to a report from ZDNet. When exploited, a bad actor could infect a laptop by gaining admin access, effectively giving them full control of the machine. Fortunately, Dell pushed out a SupportAssist patch on April 23 after being notified of the issue by 17-year-old researcher Bill Demirkapi.
Dell published a notice on its website describing "multiple vulnerabilities" that leave their laptops open to crippling attacks. The flaw, identified as CVE-2019-3719, is considered of high severity and was given a rating of 8 by the National Vulnerability Database.
"An unauthenticated attacker, sharing the network access layer with the vulnerable system, can compromise the vulnerable system by tricking a victim user into downloading and executing arbitrary executables via SupportAssist client from attacker hosted sites," the report reads.
Update Your Dell Laptop Right Now
It's now crucial that Dell laptop and desktop owners install the latest version of SupportAssist. To do so, visit this Dell support page and press on the link under "Link to remedies." Once the download completes, open the app and make sure it's on version 188.8.131.52 or later.
As noted in the ZDNet report, an attacker could gain access to a Dell system by using this vulnerability while connected to public Wi-Fi or a compromised local Wi-Fi router. A Dell laptop owner would only need to stumble over the wrong website or click on an infected ad for a hacker to gain access to their device. Demirkapi posted a brief video on YouTube showing how easy the attack would be.
If you own a Dell laptop with SupportAssist installed, then we strongly recommend you download the latest version as soon as possible.