HARDWARE AND OTHER THINGS FIRM Dell has been accused of shipping laptops that come installed with a rogue piece of software that could be as bad as the one at the centre of the infamous Lenovo/Superfish scandal.
Lenovo had a tough time explaining away Superfish. So far Dell has not commented on the accusation, though we have asked it for a statement. It is accused, via Reddit, of shipping an eponymous root certificate and private key called eDellRoot.
The rogue root certificate in new Dell computers – a certificate that allows people to be spied on when banking and shopping online – will magically reinstall itself even when deleted.
El Reg can confirm that the eDellRoot root CA cert, discovered over the weekend, automatically reappears when removed from the Windows operating system. We tried this on a Windows 8 Inspiron 15 series laptop that was bought in July this year for our San Francisco office.
Edited by JohnC_21, 23 November 2015 - 06:08 PM.