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HPSBHF02865 SSRT101158 rev.1 - HP ElitePad 900, Secure Boot Configuration Inconsistency


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HPSBHF02865 SSRT101158 rev.1 - HP ElitePad 900, Secure Boot Configuration Inconsistency
NOTICE: The information in this Security Bulletin should be acted upon as soon as possible.

Release Date: 2013-04-23

Last Updated: 2013-04-23

Potential Security Impact: Secure Boot configuration inconsistency

Source: Hewlett-Packard Company, HP Software Security Response Team


A potential vulnerability has been identified with certain HP ElitePad tablet PCs. The secure boot feature of the BIOS may not be enabled, allowing alternate operating systems to be booted in contradiction with the BIOS configuration. Secure Boot is a feature that, when enabled, prevents the system firmware from booting to unauthorized boot loaders, option ROMs and operating systems that can run in the pre-boot environment.

References: CVE-2012-5218

SUPPORTED SOFTWARE VERSIONS*: ONLY impacted versions are listed.

HP ElitePad 900 with BIOS version vF.00


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Information on CVSS is documented in HP Customer Notice: HPSN-2008-002


To resolve this vulnerability, HP has provided a BIOS firmware update. HP recommends that BIOS version vF.01 or later be installed on all HP ElitePad 900 systems and that Secure Boot be enabled.

HP ElitePad 900 BIOS version vF.01 is available from .
  1. Select "Support & Drivers"
  2. Select Drivers and Software, then enter "ElitePad 900" as the model number
  3. Select the correct model number
  4. Select the Operating System running on the ElitePad
  5. From the product support page, download and install the "HP ElitePad 900 Driver and Firmware Update" v1.0.0.8 or later.
Note: After the BIOS is updated, additional secure boot configuration steps are needed
  1. Go to Control Panel
  2. Select HP BIOS Settings
  3. Select "Secure Boot" to enable this feature.

Version:1 (rev.1) - 23 April 2013 Initial release

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