Re: Intel® Management Engine Critical Firmware Update (Intel-SA-00086)
The tool only tells you you need an update it's up to your board mfg. to produce the bios update. I'd venture to say nearly all are affected and everyone needs to be monitoring the board mfg. for an updated bios. There may be a IME driver update to follow but it's a hardware device controlled by firmware with software agents, so firmware is required to make changes. It's always confused me why we have no control over what amounts to a mini PC within our PC. The conspiracy theorist inside me says it's a government issued kill switch but I want to believe otherwise. Anyway you look at it, it is a backdoor.
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