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Windows 7: Intel Ethernet controller vulnerable to 'packet of death'

08 Feb 2013   #1
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Intel Ethernet controller vulnerable to 'packet of death'

Summary: Sending a specially crafted packet to an Intel 82574L Ethernet controller can cause the hardware to hang, and the 'packet of death' could be put to malicious use and crash systems even when protected by a firewall.
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09 Feb 2013   #2

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It has been my understanding that Intel provides at least two EEPROM versions for this chip: one with BMC enabled and one without. My controllers do not have BMC enabled, therefore my fix only applies to non-BMC enabled controllers. This is unfortunate because the BMCenabled controllers seem to be much more widely used. Even with that other than the very basics (MAC address and checksum) I don't know the meaning of these values. Another reason not to reprogram the EEPROM on your NIC based on what some guy on the internet told you.

Source: Intel Packet of Death - Home
I have the Intel(R) 82578DC controller, so, I imagine I'm okay, but I have tried to find out if it is BMC enabled, but haven't found it yet.
I have looked in my BIOS, and online at Intel and can't get a definitive answer, would you know?
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