PSA: Remember To Update Your Intel Management Engine (Updated)


Update, 11/30/2017, 11:25am PT: Asus responded to our request for comment with a link to a page containing a list of affected server and WS models. The company said it has verified the issue and plans to address it in the next BIOS update, though it didn't say when that update will arrive.

Original, 11/28/2017, 8am PT:

In light of Intel’s recent announcement of the vulnerabilities found and fixed in its Management Engine (ME), referred to as INTEL-SA-00086, many OEMs have begun issuing firmware updates for their products. We at Tom’s Hardware would like to remind you to check your hardware OEM’s support pages for updates.

The INTEL-SA-00086 issue affects you if you have a product with any of the following Intel CPUs:

- 6th (Skylake and Skylake-X), 7th (Kaby lake, Kaby Lake-X, and Kaby Lake R), and 8th Generation (Coffee Lake) Intel Core Processor Family
- Intel Xeon Processor E3-1200 v5 & v6 Product Family
- Intel Xeon Processor Scalable Family
- Intel Xeon Processor W Family
- Intel Atom C3000 Processor Family
- Apollo Lake Intel Atom Processor E3900 series
- Apollo Lake Intel Pentium
- Celeron N and J series Processors

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Thanks, but...

Thanks for this.

I own a Skylake CPU laptop. The Intel tool asserts it is vulnerable.

Acer's website lists the model as vulnerable, and advises updating firmware (as a generic advice across many, many listed models).

The firmware/BIOS update page for my model has no release which is remotely recent enough to address the problem.

So I guess I need to check there from time to time.


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I actually didn't know there

I actually didn't know there can be vulnerabilities (ME) like this. One of my PCs needs an update!

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My two custom built PCs have Asus boards with Intel Core i5 processors. They are too old to be affected by this vulnerability. Thanks for posting it!

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