Intel Confirms Its Proprietary Source Code Has Been Exposed

Intel has reportedly confirmed that its ‘Alder Lake BIOS’ source code was leaked by a third party to the anonymous imageboard website 4chan and the Microsoft-owned open source development platform Github, in a 6GB file containing tools and code for building and optimizing the ‘BIOS. images /UEFI’.

The way a computer’s ‘BIOS/UEFI’ code works is to initialize the hardware before the operating system is loaded, according to the Tom’s Hardware website.

The company said in a statement that “Our proprietary UEFI code appears to have been leaked by a third party”.

“We do not believe this reveals any new security flaws because we do not rely on information obfuscation as a security measure. This code is covered by our bug bounty program as part of the Project Circuit Breaker campaign, and we encourage any researchers who may identify potential vulnerabilities to report them through this program,” a company spokesperson said.

Intel said it is reaching out to both customers and the security research community to inform them of the situation.

Meanwhile, Intel has yet to confirm who leaked the code.

Intel also said there shouldn’t be any security-related issues because it “doesn’t rely on information obfuscation as a security measure.”

In addition, in its “Project Circuit Breaker” bug bounty program, Intel invites researchers to submit any vulnerabilities they find, which will award them between $500 and $100,000 per bug, depending on the severity of the problem reported.

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