Wednesday, July 18th 2012

ASRock Develops First Web-Update Tool Within BIOS Setup Program

A decade ago, updating system BIOS was a cumbersome and risky task that required you to have spare bootable disks and the know-how of flashing from MS-DOS command-line. One wrong command-line argument, and your motherboard is bricked. Then came utilities that flashed BIOS for you, if you specified the updated BIOS ROM image files located on a floppy. As these image files grew in file-size these utilities added support for bigger media, such as USB flash drives. ASRock's latest innovation could see you getting rid of storage media holding BIOS images.

ASRock has developed an update to its UEFI BIOS program that lets it update itself from the web. All you have to do is point it to a working internet connection that uses the motherboard's onboard Ethernet controller. Once configured, the utility calls home to ASRock, checks if a newer version of the BIOS is available, downloads it, and updates itself, with minimal user-intervention. The feature cuts down time spent in finding the right BIOS ROM image online, and copying it to a USB flash drive. Unlike Intel's Express BIOS Update program, it does not need the motherboard to have any storage devices connected. Upcoming ASRock motherboards could ship with the feature, and select current ones could get this feature via a BIOS update.

Source: Expreview
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35 Comments on ASRock Develops First Web-Update Tool Within BIOS Setup Program

#1
acerace
pantherx12 said:
I hate flashing bioses but EZflash (Asus)...
This. Although have a few hiccups during updating, it still works great.
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#2
Grave
so basically someone can flash your bios over internet and load up ultimate rootkit
gg?
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#3
ManofGod
white phantom said:
they still need to make it save mu F***in overclock profiles, lost them countless times forgetting to write them down or that before an update...not a big fan of the asrock stuff but will have to make do with this
Strange, because in my Asrock 990FX Extreme 4, I am able to save up to 3 different configurations right in the bios. What board do you have?
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#4
pantherx12
Grave said:
so basically someone can flash your bios over internet and load up ultimate rootkit
gg?
No.

You would have to download their malicious bios first.
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#5
OneMoar
There is Always Moar
pantherx12 said:
No.

You would have to download their malicious bios first.
its not even possible to write a bios level root kit ... well maby but you would need to be strait l33t4}{@x0r
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#6
the_wolf88
I have this feature on My Z77 Pro3 :D
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#7
the_wolf88
Is this similar to MSI's live update?
No, This enables you to update your BIOS within the Bios itself ! No need even to load your OS!
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#8
baggpipes
the_wolf88 said:
No, This enables you to update your BIOS within the Bios itself ! No need even to load your OS!
You are incorrect sir. MSI has a BIOS that allows this its called LIVE Update M-flash. Feel free to google. And maybe do research before posting next time.
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#9
VIPER
Can you give me a link about this "Live update M-Flash"? So far I found only about M-Flash that uses a USB drive with the BIOS on it, but nothing about Internet acces at BIOS level.

Thanks.
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#10
the_wolf88
You are incorrect sir. MSI has a BIOS that allows this its called LIVE Update M-flash. Feel free to google. And maybe do research before posting next time.
No it's NOT !, M-Flash Requires Flash Drive which contains the bios file to flash the bios and doesn't support update through the Internet !

You should do some research before correcting people !
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