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posted by janrinok on Wednesday December 06, @06:49PM   Printer-friendly
from the what-people-want dept.

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Linux computer vendor System76 announced this week that it will roll out a firmware update to disable Intel Management Engine on laptops sold in the past few years. Purism will also disable Intel Management Engine on computers it sells moving forward. Those two computer companies are pretty small players in the multi-billion dollar PC industry. …

... Intel's Management Engine is a hardware and software system designed to provide some remote management features. But it's come under criticism from privacy advocates, security researchers, and the free and open source software community.

That's because Intel Management Engine is basically a mystery. It's software that runs independently of a computer's operating system, which means that even if you wipe the OS, the Management Engine is still there. And there's no good way to know what it's doing.

The risks aren't just theoretical – Intel recently acknowledged a security vulnerability affecting nearly every PC that shipped with a 6th, 7th, or 8th-gen Intel Core processor. While the company is working with PC makers to roll out updates to patch that vulnerability, it wouldn't even exist if Intel hadn't bundled a feature many users don't need and won't use with its latest chips.

System76 are making a similar move:

System76 is one a handful of companies that sells computers that run Linux software out of the box. But like most PCs that have shipped with Intel’s Core processors in the past few years, System76 laptops include Intel’s Management Engine firmware. Intel recently confirmed a major security vulnerability affecting those chips and it’s working with …



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  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @07:50PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @07:50PM (#606337)

    Linux neckbeards who live waist deep in Cheetos dust don't know how to think outside the basement.

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  • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @08:05PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @08:05PM (#606352)

    Meh, beats sucking the proprietary dick of the patriarchy.

  • (Score: 3, Funny) by Azuma Hazuki on Wednesday December 06, @08:13PM

    by Azuma Hazuki (5086) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday December 06, @08:13PM (#606355) Journal

    Those BSD neckbeards who are up to their armpits in Doritos crumbs, now, THOSE guys know something :)

    I am "that girl" your mother warned you about...
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @08:31PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @08:31PM (#606371)

    Your argument applies to every knowledge domain. You're just a hateful shit, along with a list of attributes I could guess at but will refrain since the probability of accuracy is a bit lower than I'd prefer.