Intel has been forced to issue security patches to protect its widely used Centrino Wi-Fi laptop system from attack.
The flaws could allow attackers to access users’ laptops, wirelessly spread worms from one laptop to another, and allow third parties to increase access privileges.
The majority of business laptops now include Centrino Wi-Fi technology, which allows users to access wireless Lans without the need for a separate Wi-Fi card.
Intel's patches address vulnerabilities in its Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG, 2915ABG, 2100 and 3945ABG Network Connection Centrino system products.
According to Intel, a vulnerability in the Centrino wireless driver could allow attackers within range of Wi-Fi networks to access vulnerable laptops and execute arbitrary code.
The patch to rectify this problem though is a massive 129Mbytes and is difficult to download and install.
Internet security software company F-Secure has warned that some users could be put off from updating their machines to protect themselves.
No attacks using the vulnerabilities have so far been reported.
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