The PC vendor Lenovo has fixed a hardcoded password vulnerability, tracked as (CVE-2017-3762), affecting a dozen Lenovo laptop models that run versions of Microsoft Windows 7, 8 and the 8.1 operating system.
Lenovo laptops running Windows 10 are not impacted by the vulnerability because that OS version natively supports fingerprint reader technology.
The list of impacted family models includes ThinkPad, ThinkCentre, and ThinkStation laptops.
“A vulnerability has been identified in Lenovo Fingerprint Manager Pro. Sensitive data stored by Lenovo Fingerprint Manager Pro, including users’ Windows logon credentials and fingerprint data, is encrypted using a weak algorithm, contains a hard-coded password, and is accessible to all users with local non-administrative access to the system it is installed in.” states the security advisory published by Lenovo.
The Lenovo Fingerprint Manager Pro is a utility that allows users to log into their laptop and configured websites by using the fingerprint.
The flaw resides in the Lenovo Fingerprint Manager Pro that encrypts sensitive data such as fingerprint data and login credentials using a weak algorithm.
Customers urge to update Fingerprint Manager Pro to version 8.01.87 or later.
The complete list of laptops that need to update their Lenovo Fingerprint Manager Pro version is:
The flaw was disclosed by Lenovo this week, the company credited Jackson Thuraisamy, a senior security consultant with Security Compass, for the discovery.