Intel ME/AMT Hardware backdoor being exploited in the wild

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Karl Klammer
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Intel ME/AMT Hardware backdoor being exploited in the wild

#1 Post by Karl Klammer »

Hi,

Intel just released patches for a backdoor that basically affects about all[1] their CPUs since 2010.
Make sure you have AMT disabled in BIOS/UEFI ... or quickly grab the patch

How bad is this
That depends. Unless you've explicitly enabled AMT at any point, you're probably fine. The drivers that allow local users to provision the system would require administrative rights to install, so as long as you don't have them installed then the only local users who can do anything are the ones who are admins anyway. If you do have it enabled, though…

further information via http://mjg59.dreamwidth.org/48429.html

[1] Apples are not affected, as they do not ship with AMT firmware inside Management Engine

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Re: Intel ME/AMT Hardware backdoor being exploited in the wild

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Fun fact: this has been known for years, it's only now outsiders get to know it.

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Re: Intel ME/AMT Hardware backdoor being exploited in the wild

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Update your ME firmware ASAP this comes out: http://pc-dl.panasonic.co.jp/itn/info/o ... 70512.html

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