Vulnerable Dell support tool now detected as risky software
Security vendor Malwarebytes has flagged the Dell System Detect tool as a potentially unwanted application after older versions of the program were found to put computers at risk.
Last month a security researcher named Tom Forbes warned that attackers can exploit a weakness in older versions of Dell System Detect to remotely install malware on computers when users visit specially crafted websites.
The program allows Dell’s support website to automatically detect the service tags of users’ PCs, so it can offer the corresponding drivers. The tool is offered for download when users click the “Detect Product” button on the website for the first time and continues to run in the background after installation.