The blogosphere suddenly became aware of the existence of Intel ME "spying at you" to paraphrase some catchy titles. If some authors seem to discover that technology, the truth is it is here for almost 10 years!
So, in order for you to make your own educated opinion, I tried to summarize the facts concerning Intel ME and the current state of the community knowledge about that technology.
@bob I'm afraid you're right Bob.
This should also probably include info about me_cleaner and the HAP bit.
@thufir_hawat I didn't mention that in the article as there is still a slight risk of bricking your computer using me_cleaner.
But if you used it successfully, don't hesitate to share your own configuration!
Oh. I just thought that mentioning that would at least end it on a brighter note and make the reader feel less hopeless.
Then there's this from a while back...
Deep dive into Intel Management Engine disablement
Bios level, and it wasn't truly disabled there. As with all security threats there were layers blocking it's communication, and we left it (not configured). This became less possible with later iterations of the product. But creative acling at each VLAN got the job done.
It was not easy.
@YesIKnowIT excellent summary. Thanks for writing this!
Well done, thank you for this insight!
@YesIKnowIT its availability and a use case of recovering crashed servers was an active selling point for many corporate grade Dell servers (and I expect a few others) about 10 years ago, although on the single big server my employers (a smaller business) could afford I have never managed to get it to work correctly anyway (and don't want to experiment on busy in production server so have shut off as much of it as I can)
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