Intel Management Engine has major flaw – new patch released
12 Intel processors are vulnerable to 10 flaws that have recently been patched
- 6th, 7th & 8th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Family
- Intel® Xeon® Processor E3-1200 v5 & v6 Product Family
- Intel® Xeon® Processor Scalable Family
- Intel® Xeon® Processor W Family
- Intel® Atom® C3000 Processor Family
- Apollo Lake Intel® Atom Processor E3900 series
- Apollo Lake Intel® Pentium™
- Celeron™ N and J series Processors
Intel continues to dominate the market as the leading processor installed in most computers and laptops, and Apple recently switched to Intel technology. Microsoft has recently blocked updates for Windows 7 for Kaby Lake 7th and 8th generation processors forcing users to switch to Windows 10. Despite the version of windows on your computer, unless this flaw is patched, attackers could impersonate the Intel Management Engine, Server Platform Services, and/or the Trusted Execution Engine, load and execute arbitrary code without the user or Windows being aware of it. This gives the attacker the ability to destabilize completely crash the computer.
The Intel Management Engine cannot be turned off, so each of the processors is vulnerable until they are patched. Depending on the make and model of your computer, this issue may be able to be resolved and you can be protected from this exploit that has recently been admitted by Intel. Hackers use this information to find ways to get into unprotected computers and run code that causes performance issues or damage to your system.