A Super Micro representative told Threatpost that this was an “old story” and that the issue had been resolved. A request for further comment from a Super Micro project manager was not returned in time for publication and the availability of patches could not be confirmed.
IPMI, or intelligent platform management interface, are tiny computers that sit on a motherboard that are used by IT administrators in large data centers for remote management of servers or remote BIOS maintenance. They’re mostly present in rack-mount servers, and are cumbersome to update because they often require physical access to the hardware, and in a service provider environment, for example, there could be hundreds of these embedded devices present.
Beardsley said that a Project Sonar scan for the IPMI firmware in question, version SMT_X9_226, found 35,000 of them online. He estimates that number likely represents less than 10 percent of the total devices in use."
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