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  ■ This is a serious safety concern for all the users that have MSI motherboards.

   ■ A Polish security expert found out that the Windows 11 Secure Boot is broken.

   ■ We've published the list of all affected products so make sure you look it up.



You surely know about the infamous Windows 11 system requirements by now, so there’s no need to even talk too much about them.

However, there’s a concerning matter that you surely didn’t know about, so the time has come for the world to know this.

In short, if your rig runs on an MSI motherboard, you should know that the Secure Boot feature for Windows 11 doesn’t even work.

MSI motherboards have broken Windows 11 Secure Boot

To recap, one of the major security features Microsoft made mandatory as a system requirement for Windows 11 was Secure Boot.

In theory, the idea behind Secure Boot is to prevent malicious software from loading when a system boots.

To give you a better understanding, this is done by verification of signed drivers and authenticating Windows boot files.

However, with MS, it looks like Secure Boot settings inside its motherboards have been set wrong for over a year if you can believe that.



Recently, Polish security researcher Dawid Potocki has surprisingly discovered the issue on an MSI Pro Z790-A WiFi.

Some PC issues are hard to tackle, especially when it comes to corrupted repositories or missing Windows files. If you are having trouble fixing an error, your system may be partially broken.

All options under the Image Execution Policy inside Secure Boot settings are set to Always Execute which meant the motherboard would accept every OS image whether trusted or not.

The researcher also found that the roots of the issue can be dated back to sometime around Q3 2021, which means that MSI motherboards have been vulnerable to exploitation for over a year.

There’s also a list of affected devices and we are going to share it with you, so you can look up your specs and see if you have the same problem.

List of affected devices

• AMD:

      ○ Every X670(E) motherboard

      ○ Every B650(E) motherboard

      ○ X570:

          ■ MEG X570S ACE MAX

          ■ MEG X570S UNIFY-X MAX

          ■ MPG X570S CARBON MAX WIFI / MPG X570S CARBON EK X

      ○ B550:

          ■ B550 GAMING GEN3

          ■ MAG B550 TOMAHAWK MAX WIFI

          ■ PRO B550M-P GEN3

          ■ PRO B550-P GEN3

          ■ PRO B550-VC

• Intel:

      ○ Every Z790 motherboard

      ○ Every B760 motherboard

      ○ Z590:

          ■ MEG Z590 UNIFY-X

      ○ B660:

          ■ MAG B660M MORTAR MAX WIFI DDR4

          ■ PRO B660M-A CEC WIFI DDR4 V2

      ○ H610:

          ■ PRO H610M 12VO

          ■ PRO H610M VDHP DDR4

          ■ PRO H610M-E DDR4

      ○ H410:

          ■ PRO H410M-B

Affected motherboards (newer firmware versions)

• AMD:

      ○ TRX40:

          ■ Creator TRX40: 7C59v17 (2022-05-18) [2022-05-17]

          ■ TRX40 PRO 10G / TRX40-A PRO: 7C60v18 (2022-05-24) [2022-05-17]

          ■ TRX40 PRO WIFI: 7C60v28 (2022-05-24) [2022-05-17]

      ○ X399:

          ■ MEG X399 CREATION: 7B92v146 (2022-08-11) [2022-08-11]

          ■ X399 GAMING PRO CARBON AC: 7B09v1D9 (2022-08-11) [2022-08-10]

          ■ X399 SLI PLUS: 7B09vA89 (2022-08-11) [2022-08-11]

      ○ X570:

          ■ MAG X570 TOMAHAWK WIFI: 7C84v18 (2022-01-06) [2021-12-29]

          ■ MAG X570S TOMAHAWK MAX WIFI: 7D54v11 (2021-12-22) [2021-12-17]

          ■ MAG X570S TORPEDO MAX: 7D54vA1 (2021-12-22) [2021-12-17]

          ■ MEG X570 ACE: 7C35v1H1 (2022-01-05) [2022-01-14]

          ■ MEG X570 GODLIKE: 7C34v1F (2022-01-05) [2021-12-27]

          ■ MEG X570 UNIFY: 7C35vAB (2021-12-23) [2021-12-22]

          ■ MPG X570 GAMING EDGE WIFI: 7C37v1G (2021-12-22) [2021-12-16]

          ■ MPG X570 GAMING PLUS: 7C37vAF (2021-12-22) [2021-12-16]

          ■ MPG X570 GAMING PRO CARBON WIFI: 7B93v1E (2021-12-22) [2021-12-17]

          ■ MPG X570S EDGE MAX WIFI: 7D53v11 (2021-12-28) [2021-12-27]

          ■ PRESTIGE X570 CREATION: 7C36v1F (2022-01-05) [2021-12-19]

          ■ X570-A PRO: 7C37vHF (2021-12-21) [2021-12-16]

      ○ X470:

          ■ X470 GAMING M7 AC: 7B77v1I1 (2022-07-15) [2022-07-19]

          ■ X470 GAMING PLUS: 7B79vAL1 (2022-07-04) [2022-06-24]

          ■ X470 GAMING PLUS MAX: 7B79vHD2 (2021-09-29) [2021-09-26]

          ■ X470 GAMING PRO: 7B79v1I (2022-01-28) [2022-01-26]

          ■ X470 GAMING PRO CARBON / X470 GAMING PRO CARBON AC: 7B78v2I1 (2022-07-15) [2022-07-16]

          ■ X470 GAMING PRO MAX: 7B79vMB (2021-09-29) [2021-09-28]

      ○ X370:

          ■ X370 GAMING M7 ACK: 7A35v1H2 (2022-05-10) [2022-05-12]

          ■ X370 GAMING PLUS: 7A33v5L2 (2022-05-10) [2022-05-12]

          ■ X370 GAMING PRO: 7A33v4K1 (2022-05-10) [2022-05-11]

          ■ X370 GAMING PRO CARBON: 7A32v1P1 (2022-05-10) [2022-05-13]

          ■ X370 GAMING PRO CARBON AC: 7A32v2K1 (2022-05-10) [2022-05-13]

          ■ X370 KRAIT GAMING: 7A33v1L2 (2022-05-10) [2022-05-10]

          ■ X370 SLI PLUS: 7A33v3L2 (2022-05-10) [2022-05-11]

          ■ X370 XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM: 7A31v1O2 (2022-05-10) [2022-05-10]

      ○ B550:

          ■ B550-A PRO: 7C56vA8 (2021-12-20) [2021-12-16]

          ■ B550M PRO: 7D14v26 (2022-01-05) [2021-12-22]

          ■ B550M PRO-DASH: 7C95v37 (2021-12-22) [2021-12-21]

          ■ B550M PRO-VDH / B550M PRO-VDH WIFI: 7C95v29 (2022-01-05) [2021-12-23]

          ■ B550M PRO-VDH WIFI (CEC): 7C95vH1 (2022-01-05) [2021-12-23]

          ■ B550M-A PRO: 7C96v26 (2021-12-15) [2021-12-13]

          ■ MAG B550 TOMAHAWK: 7C91vA8 (2021-12-20) [2021-12-16]

          ■ MAG B550 TORPEDO: 7C91vH5 (2021-12-20) [2021-12-16]

          ■ MAG B550M BAZOOKA: 7C95vA8 (2022-01-05) [2021-12-23]

          ■ MAG B550M MORTAR / MAG B550M MORTAR WIFI / MAG B550M MORTAR MAX WIFI: 7C94v19 (2021-12-20) [2021-12-15]

          ■ MAG B550M VECTOR WIFI: 7D14vB6 (2022-01-05) [2021-12-19]

          ■ MEG B550 UNIFY: 7D13v14 (2021-12-22) [2021-12-17]

          ■ MEG B550 UNIFY-X: 7D13vA4 (2021-12-23) [2021-12-17]

          ■ MPG B550 GAMING CARBON WIFI: 7C90v18 (2021-12-22) [2021-12-20]

          ■ MPG B550 GAMING EDGE WIFI: 7C91v18 (2021-12-20) [2021-12-15]

          ■ MPG B550 GAMING PLUS: 7C56v18 (2022-01-05) [2021-12-30]

          ■ MPG B550I GAMING EDGE WIFI / MPG B550I GAMING EDGE MAX WIFI: 7C92v18 (2021-12-22) [2021-12-21]

          ■ PRO B550M-VC WIFI: 7C95vH1 (2022-01-05) [2021-12-23]

      ○ B450:

          ■ B450 GAMING PLUS MAX: 7B86vHD3 (2021-09-29) [2021-09-28]

          ■ B450 GAMING PRO CARBON MAX WIFI: 7B85v283 (2021-09-29) [2021-09-28]

          ■ B450 MORTAR MAX: 7B89v2E3 (2021-09-29) [2021-09-28]

          ■ B450 TOMAHAWK: 7C02v1H8 (UNKNOWN) [2022-04-18]

          ■ B450 TOMAHAWK MAX: 7C02v3C (2021-09-29) [2021-09-27]

          ■ B450 TOMAHAWK MAX II: 7C02vH63 (2021-09-29) [2021-09-27]

          ■ B450-A PRO MAX: 7B86vME3 (2021-09-29) [2021-09-28]

          ■ B450I GAMING PLUS AC: 7A40vAF7 (UNKNOWN) [2022-03-30]

          ■ B450I GAMING PLUS MAX WIFI: 7A40vB62 (2021-09-29) [2021-09-27]

          ■ B450M BAZOOKA: 7A38vHH6 (UNKNOWN) [2022-04-13]

          ■ B450M BAZOOKA MAX WIFI: 7C87v17 (2021-09-29) [2021-09-27]

          ■ B450M BAZOOKA PLUS: 7B90v1F6 (UNKNOWN) [2022-04-21]

          ■ B450M BAZOOKA V2: 38vPE6 (UNKNOWN) [2022-04-13]

          ■ B450M MORTAR: 7B89v1I (2022-08-10) [2022-07-27]

          ■ B450M MORTAR TITANIUM: 7B89vAG6 (UNKNOWN) [2022-04-21]

          ■ B450M PRO-M2 MAX: 7B84vAE2 (2021-09-29) [2021-09-27]

          ■ B450M PRO-M2: 7B84v2H7 (UNKNOWN) [2022-04-11]

          ■ B450M PRO-M2 V2: 7B84v4E (UNKNOWN) [2022-04-11]

          ■ B450M PRO-VDH PLUS: 7A38v9C4 (2021-10-12) [2021-10-09]

          ■ B450M PRO-VDH V2: 7A38v8F6 (UNKNOWN) [2022-04-13]

          ■ B450M-A PRO MAX: 7C52v3D2 (2021-09-29) [2021-09-28]

      ○ B350:

          ■ B350 GAMING PLUS: 7A34vMHS (2021-11-04) [2021-11-04]

          ■ B350 GAMING PRO CARBON: 7B00v1JS (2021-11-02) [2021-11-01]

          ■ B350 KRAIT GAMING: 7B08v1IS (2021-11-02) [2021-11-01]

          ■ B350 PC MATE: 7A34vALS (2021-11-04) [2021-11-04]

          ■ B350 TOMAHAWK: 7A34v1Q2 (2021-11-04) [2021-11-04]

          ■ B350 TOMAHAWK ARCTIC: 7A34vHKS (2021-11-04) [2021-11-04]

          ■ B350 TOMAHAWK PLUS: 7B36v1ER (2021-11-02) [2021-11-01]

          ■ B350I PRO AC: 7A40v1E2 (2022-05-10) [2021-11-01]

          ■ B350M BAZOOKA: 7A38v1LR (2021-11-02) [2021-11-01]

          ■ B350M GAMING PRO: 7A39v2NS (2021-11-02) [2021-11-01]

          ■ B350M MORTAR: 7A37v1MW (2021-11-04) [2021-11-01]

          ■ B350M MORTAR ARCTIC: 7A37vAKT (2021-11-04) [2021-11-01]

          ■ B350M PRO-VD PLUS: 7B38v2GV (2021-11-04) [2021-11-04]

          ■ B350M PRO-VDH PLUS: 7A38vAJS (2021-11-02) [2021-11-02]

          ■ B350M PRO-VH PLUS: 7B07v2FV (2021-11-02) [2021-11-01]

      ○ A520:

          ■ A520M PRO: 7D14v193 (2021-09-27) [2021-09-26]

          ■ A520M PRO-C DASH: 7C57v173 (2021-09-27) [2021-09-26]

          ■ A520M PRO-VDH: 7D49v135 (2021-09-27) [2021-09-26]

          ■ A520M PRO-VH: 7C96vA81 (2022-08-08) [2022-08-11]

          ■ A520M-A PRO: 7C96v183 (2021-09-27) [2021-09-28]

          ■ MAG A520M BAZOOKA WIFI: 7D49vA35 (2021-09-27) [2021-09-26]

          ■ MAG A520M VECTOR WIFI: 7D14vA93 (2021-09-27) [2021-09-26]

      ○ A320:

          ■ A320M GRENADE: 7A39vAK2 (2022-05-10) [2022-05-11]

          ■ A320M PRO-VH / A320M-A PRO M2: 7C52v192 (2022-01-05) [2022-01-04]

          ■ A320M PRO-C: 7C58v242 (2022-05-10) [2022-05-13]

          ■ A320M-A PRO MAX: 7C52v411 (2022-05-10) [2022-05-10]

          ■ A320M-A PRO: 7C51v162 (2021-12-28) [2021-12-22]

          ■ A320M PRO-M2 V2: 7B84v34Z (2021-11-04) [2021-11-04]

          ■ A320M PRO-E: 7A36vH51 (2021-11-02) [2021-11-02]

          ■ A320M PRO-VD/S V2: 7A36vA63 (2022-05-10) [2022-05-14]

          ■ A320M PRO-M2: 7B84v191 (2022-07-19) [2022-07-19]

          ■ A320M PRO-VHL: 7B07v1I2 (2022-05-10) [2022-05-10]

          ■ A320M PRO-VD PLUS: 7B38v1I2 (2022-05-10) [2022-05-13]

          ■ A320M PRO-VH PLUS: 7B07v3I2A (2022-05-10) [2022-05-10]

          ■ A320M BAZOOKA: 7A38v2K2 (2022-05-10) [2022-05-11]

          ■ A320M GAMING PRO: 7A39v1M2 (2022-05-10) [2022-05-10]

          ■ A320M PRO-VD/S: 7A36v2L3 (2022-05-10) [2022-05-14]

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