Intel Processor Management Engine May be Vulnerable to Attacks
It seems like modern day Intel Processors may have more than what you paid for. They may include the tools needed to spy on someone or gain access to the PC unnoticed. Security concerns are being raised against the Intel Processor Management Engine. The management engine can be found in all Intel chips after the Core 2 generation.
If you have recently installed an OS or built your own PC you will have noticed software called the Intel Processor Management Engine. This is an actual processor ME that is inside the chip set and allows remote access.
This means you can have access to your files on your office desktop PC without being at your office desktop PC. While this is a great feature especially from a business point of view it raises security concerns of anyone getting access to your system data.
The Intel Processor Management Engine is designed such that it is invisible to the host PC and can only be accessed through either internet of Ethernet. What happens is that you get access to the system remotely by bypassing the firewall. The firewall is an important layer of protection against attackers and if that is being bypassed then you are under constant risk of being hacked.
Though the processor Management Engine is encrypted we know from experience that encryption is not perfect and that in can be broken. If there is a flaw, chances are it will be fond and exploited.
If someone can get through the processor ME protection and release a rootkit then not only that PC but all PCs with Intel chips created over the course of a hundred or so years will be compromised.
While there is only a slight probability that this could ever happen, if something can go wrong it will. Enough said.