Solved! Unfixable Flaw in Intel Chipsets Opens Encrypted Data to Hackers

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Jimzz

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If your computer uses an Intel chipset made in the last five years, it could be leaving you vulnerable to hackers thanks to a critical flaw in its read-only memory (ROM). The fix? There isn’t one, really.
Intel quickly issued a patch Thursday that makes it harder to exploit this bug and lessens any potential fallout, but it’s impossible to fully eliminate since the issue lies in the chipset’s ROM, which can’t be tinkered with via firmware updates (hence the “read-only” bit).


Just when you think intel can't have any more serious bugs here we go again. :(
 

Arkaign

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Thankfully, I don't believe more than some incredibly minute number of home or desktop users actually utilize Intel CSME. It's basically a back-office type of chipset resident storage encryption you can choose to implement, though of course realistically one would be better off with a completely different standard of data encryption, and certainly datacenters and large enterprise probably would never consider using anything as pedestrian as this to begin with.
 

Markfw

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Hitman928 has it correct. Locking this thread
 
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