So I just saw an article that reports that every Intel chip from Skylake forward is susceptible to being compromised through the Intel Management Engine.
The IME is a component of the CPU that can act independent of the operating system - the article describes it as “a CPU on top of the CPU”. The documented compromise was by USB. And apparently the IME can only be deactivated by a firmware update.
The Next Web: Researchers find almost EVERY computer with an Intel Skylake and above CPU can be owned via USB.
Now, I’m trying to make sense of this as a relatively non-techy person and I would appreciate the input of more knowledgeable tech gurus in the community. My questions are:
- In practical terms, how do you assess the implication of risk to our shiny new V’s? Is this a significant concern?
- Where would I get a firmware update to disable IME? Would that come from Intel or from Eve? Is it something that already exists or would it need to be created?