Lenovo users urged to uninstall
‘insecure’ Accelerator app soonest

June 19 2016 4:45 PM

Image from  Lenovo Twitter account
Image from Lenovo Twitter account

Users of Lenovo devices may need to uninstall an updating app that may potentially allow attackers to hit their machines.

In a security advisory, Lenovo described the severity of the threat as high, saying an attacker with local network access can remotely execute code.

“A vulnerability was identified in the Lenovo Accelerator Application software which could lead to exploitation by an attacker with man-in-the-middle capabilities. The vulnerability resides within the update mechanism where a Lenovo server is queried to identify if application updates are available. The Lenovo Accelerator Application is used to speed up the launch of Lenovo applications and was installed in some notebook and desktop systems preloaded with the Windows 10 operating system,” it said.

Lenovo recommended that customers uninstall Lenovo Accelerator, though it noted the app was never installed on ThinkPad or ThinkStation devices.

It listed the affected Lenovo notebooks as:

305
700
300S
500/500S
B40-30/B40-45/B40-45/B40-80
B41-30/B41-35/B41-80
B50-30/B50-30 Touch/B50-45/B50-80/B51-30/B51-35/B51-80
E31-70/E31-80/E40-30/E40-80/E41-80/E50-30/E50-80/E51-80
Edge 15
Edge 2-1580
Erazer N40-30/Erazer N40-45
Erazer N50-45/Erazer N50-45
Erazer Z41-70
Erazer Z51-70
FLEX 2 Pro
FLEX 3
FLEX 4
K20-80
K21-80
K41-70/K41-80
M41-70
M51-80
MIIX 3
MIIX 700
N41-35
N51-35
S21e-20
S41-35/S41-70/S41-75
TianYi 300
U31-70
U41-70
V4000
XiaoXin 700
Y50-70/Y50-70 Touch
Y50c
Y700/Y700 Touch
Y70-70 Touch
Y900
Yoga 2
YOGA 3 14
Yoga 3 Pro
Yoga 300
YOGA 500/YOGA 510
YOGA 700/YOGA 710/YOGA 900/YOGA 900S
Z41-70
Z51-70 Affected Lenovo Desktop Systems:
50050C/50100E/50550A/50600I
A3300
A7300
A8150
B40
C20
C40
C50
C560
D3000
D5010/ D5050/ D5055
F5005/ F5050/ F5055
G5005/ G5010/ G5050/ G5055
H3005
H30-50
H5005/ H5055
H50-50
IdeaCentre 200
IdeaCentre 300/300S
IdeaCentre 510/510S
IdeaCentre 700
M7300z
M8300z/M8350z
M9550z
Yoga Home 500

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