Serious vulnerability in HP Omen gaming PCs discovered

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HP Omen PCs that assist in high-end gaming are hitting the news headlines for all wrong reasons. Teams of security researchers from SentinelLabs claim that they have discovered a vulnerability in the HP Omen Gaming Hub that can allow hackers to exploit the kernel mode privileges on an Omen PC that could cause disabling of security products, overwrite of system components, corruption of Operating System and use of the targeted device in other malicious cyber campaigns.

Technically, Omen is a kind of pre-installed software that can be seen on HP gaming desktops and laptops and is used to customize the GPU fan setting like fan speed and do over-clocking of the processor and memory.

SentinelLabs argues that HP Omen PC makers received an alert from its side on February 16th this year and it publicly acknowledged it by giving it a 7.8 score, tagging it as a highly severe flaw. However, there is no evidence that the flaw was exploited by hackers or any other individual across the world.

Note- In the year 1991, a Canada-based company established Voodoo Computers, where it used to manufacture luxury computers for computing enthusiasts. In the year 2006, the whole company was acquired by Hewlett Packard that changed the name of the brand from Voodoo to ‘Omen’ in 2013 maintaining the same until 2020 and supplying high end gaming HP Omen desktop and laptops to gamers with a ‘Mask’ symbol as logo.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security