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Latest Intel Core processors become serious security flaws


Intel has confirmed previous reports that its recent computer, internet of things and server chips are vulnerable to remote hacking. the problem is with the onboard “Management Engine,” that has multiple holes that might let remote attackers run malicious software, get privileged access and take over computers. The vulnerability affects 6th, 7th and 8th generation Core chips (Skylake, Kaby Lake, and Kaby Lake R), along with Pentium, Celeron, Atom and multiple Xeon chips.

In the worst case scenario, the vulnerabilities can allow hackers to “load and execute arbitrary code outside the visibility of the user and OS,” Intel wrote in the security bulletin. other disadvantages affect the Management Engine and Intel’s Server Platform Services, maybe giving hackers privilege escalation rights.

Intel has published a detection tool for Linux and Windows to assist administrators and users detect if their systems are vulnerable. it’s also posted a fix for its Pc customers, but so far, only Lenovo, Dell and Intel itself have listed affected systems. No firmware updates seem to be available nonetheless.

If you own a recent computer with a Core or Pentium Intel chip, it’s safe to assume that {you’re|you are} probably affected — both Lenovo and Dell’s lists are very large. On the plus side, researchers say that so far, there is no way to exploit the flaws unless you already have access to a network. that could change, however: “We haven’t any real plan how serious this is yet,” said Google security researcher Matthew Garrett. “It can be fairly harmless, it can be a giant deal.”

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