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The Intel ME subsystem can take over your machine, can't be audited (boingboing.net)
641 points by cylo on June 16, 2016 | hide | past | web | favorite | 271 comments

Finally, the ME is getting the exposure it deserves. Seems like just two weeks ago nobody knew it existed.

It's probably safe to say that every device you own or ever owned has a back door, intentional or not. The false sense of security people had about their machines was a myth, glad to see it finally die.

Once a malicious 3rd party gets the keys to this kingdom it is game over.

Maybe I missed it in the article, but why is this only present on x86 chips? How do 64-bit processors from Intel offer the same management functionality without this ME subsystem?

In this case x86 means both 32bit x86 (also referred as IA-32) and x86_64.

From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_Active_Management_Techno...

  "The Management Engine (ME) is an isolated and protected coprocessor, embedded as a non-optional part in all current (as of 2015) Intel chipsets."

Except for the Itanic (is this thing still made?), 64-bit processors from Intel are x86 ;)

It's common to apply this label to x86-64 too, in other words.

What about AMD?


AMD has some rough equivalents to Intel's ME.

Yo dawg...

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