Energizer Battery Charger Comes with a Software Backdoor

If you’ve bought the Energizer DUO USB battery charger, you might want to uninstall the software immediately.

Why?

Because it comes pre-loaded with a backdoor that can let someone remotely access your computer.

The United States Computer Emergency Response Team (US-CERT) has warned that the software included in the Energizer DUO USB battery charger contains a backdoor that allows unauthorized remote system access.

In an advisory, the US-CERT warned that the installer for the Energizer DUO software places the file USBCharger.dll in the application’s directory and Arucer.dll in the Windows system32 directory.

An attacker is able to remotely control a system, including the ability to list directories, send and receive files, and execute programs. The backdoor operates with the privileges of the logged-on user.

You’ve gotta wonder why Energizer did this. At least when Sony installed rootkits on people’s computers they were doing so in the name of DRM. There’s not even a poorly-justified excuse for this. [ZDnet via Make]

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