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Intel Patches Firmware Flaw That Leaks ME Encryption Keys

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Endpoint Security , Governance , Patch Management

Intel Patches Firmware Flaw That Leaks ME Encryption Keys Researcher Finds Intel's Previous Management Engine Patches Weren't Foolproof Jeremy Kirk (jeremy_kirk) • September 14, 2018 Intel's headquarters in Santa Clara, California. (Photo: Walden Kirsch/Intel)

Intel has had a challenging time of late on the vulnerability front. Computer security researchers have dug deeply into the chip manufacturer's wares, finding vulnerabilities such as Meltdown, Spectre and Foreshadow, all of which proved to be difficult to fix or mitigate.

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Now, another problem has emerged. Intel has patched a very serious firmware vulnerability, CVE-2018-3655, that could potentially leak encryption keys stored inside its Management Engine (ME). That's a crucial microchip with code that brokers communications between a processor and external devices, helps with power management, as well as starting...(continued)

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