CVE-2019-18216

Current Description

** DISPUTED ** The BIOS configuration design on ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GM501GS laptops with BIOS 313 relies on the main battery instead of using a CMOS battery, which reduces the value of a protection mechanism in which booting from a USB device is prohibited. Attackers who have physical laptop access can exhaust the main battery to reset the BIOS configuration, and then achieve direct access to the hard drive by booting a live USB OS without disassembling the laptop. NOTE: the vendor has apparently indicated that this is "normal" and use of the same battery for the BIOS and the overall system is a "new design." However, the vendor apparently plans to "improve" this an unspecified later time.

Basic Data

PublishedOctober 20, 2019
Last ModifiedOctober 24, 2019
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Data TypeCVE
Data FormatMITRE
Data Version4.0
Problem TypeCWE-20
CVE Data Version4.0

Base Metric V2

CVSS 2 - Version2.0
CVSS 2 - Vector StringAV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C
CVSS 2 - Access VectorLOCAL
CVSS 2 - Access ComplexityLOW
CVSS 2 - AuthenticationNONE
CVSS 2 - Confidentiality ImpactCOMPLETE
CVSS 2 - Availability ImpactCOMPLETE
CVSS 2 - Base Score7.2
SeverityHIGH
Exploitability Score3.9
Impact Score10.0
Obtain All Privilegefalse
Obtain User Privilegefalse
Obtain Other Privilegefalse

Base Metric V3

No data provided.

Configurations

  • AND
    • OR - Configuration 1
      Cpe VersionPartVendorProductVersionUpdateEditionLanguageSW EditionTarget SWTarget HWOtherVersion Start IncludingVersion End IncludingVersion Start ExcludingVersion End Excluding
      2.3OSAsusRog Zephyrus M Gm501gs Firmware-*******
    • OR Running on/with:
      Cpe VersionPartVendorProductVersionUpdateEditionLanguageSW EditionTarget SWTarget HWOtherVersion Start IncludingVersion End IncludingVersion Start ExcludingVersion End Excluding
      2.3HardwareAsusRog Zephyrus M Gm501gs-*******

Vulnerable Software List

VendorProductVersions
Asus Rog Zephyrus M Gm501gs Firmware -

References

NameSourceURLTags
https://blog.modpr0.be/2019/10/18/asus-rog-bios-reset-on-lost-battery-power/https://blog.modpr0.be/2019/10/18/asus-rog-bios-reset-on-lost-battery-power/MISCThird Party Advisory