More good news from Intel

“In practice, it can give an attacker complete control over an individual’s work laptop, despite even the most extensive security measures.”

“The essence of the security issue is that setting a BIOS password, which normally prevents an unauthorized user from booting up the device or making low-level changes to it, does not prevent unauthorized access to the AMT BIOS extension.“

Convenience is starting to look like a bad idea

@cypnk Now we have to hope that doing that is adequate to defang the problems. It should. But then, we shouldn't have any of these problems to start with...

@kurtm That's true. But I don't take anything for granted anymore. I can't read the BIOS firmware so I have no idea what voodoo is taking place behind these screens

This is probably a placebo in some ways since "off" doesn't seem to mean that in some cases

@cypnk @kurtm You really ought to try coreboot. It took me about a day to get it up and running, but it's worth the time and effort.

@mkern @cypnk I keep thinking about it. Generally when I check my model either just flat-out isn't supported, or has some serious gaps in coverage that make me nervous.

@kurtm @cypnk I can recommend x220. After you change the wifi module you can get an almost 100% free (excluding IME) laptop which works perfectly well despite the fact it's from 2012.

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