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.
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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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