Intel flaw leaves system backdoor open

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Closeup of CPU Computer ProcessorFinnish cybersecurity firm F-Secure has discovered a glitch in Intel’s processors that would take any malicious actor with physical access to a PC or laptop less than a minute to exploit. The vulnerability lies in Intel’s Active Management Technology (AMT) remote maintenance feature, leaving a backdoor wide open to intruders.

Researchers have been voicing concerns over security issues surrounding Intel’s Management Engine for several years. The embattled chipmaker, which recently lost its place as world leader in microprocessor chip manufacture to Samsung, lays the blame on poor configuration by certain system manufacturers.

Intel also refutes the claim that Intel PCs contain a backdoor that can be exploited remotely. It has issued recent fixes, despite this it appears that its ME can be disabled by government, but not by private users.