Knowledge is power to you. You have read many times before without realizing its implication even in things that you presume secure. Do you know your PC that you use every day for the purpose of transacting online isn’t secure either? In other words, your PC to has loopholes.
What is a loophole?
A loophole is generally perceived as a lapse to circumvent things stated in a contract or in any other legal document. But, a loophole in your PC means a lapse in the security system of your PC that potentially leaves your PC vulnerable to cyber attacks. You will be surprised to know that Intel has a loophole. Well, Intel is a company that designs and develops the foundation of computing devices worldwide and until recently it was referred as the safest technology to prevent the data breach. Therefore, a loophole in Intel is a revelation that has stirred the whole world.
To illustrate further here, you should know that several research groups worked relentlessly to check the vulnerability of Intel processors. Unfortunate though, the researchers have come to the conclusion that the remote administration feature of Intel is vulnerable to cyber attacks. It is the Management Engine, commonly referred to ME, is the one that could potentially fail to protect your PC from cyber crimes. However, this is no more a hearsay. Intel has acknowledged the fault in its ME system and also its vulnerability to cyber attacks. Therefore, the million dollar question that pops out your mind is how to deal with it.
What Intel has done:
- Intel issued an advisory addressed to all and sundry on Monday last dated November 20, 2017, highlighting the serious faults in its ME system involving SPS (a remote server management tool called Server Platform Services) and TXE (Trusted Execution Engine, a hardware authentication tool).
- In the same advisory, the company has highlighted the vulnerability of its CVE-2017-5705 operating system that manages multiple buffer flow issues to the Intel ME Firmware. For your information, a firmware is essentially coded instructions that are permanently stored in read-only RAM. Therefore, users cannot detect any flaw at the first instance in the case of a cyber attack here.
- Intel has also warned about the lapses that could potentially occur from CVE-2017-5708 that is responsible for multiple privilege escalations in ME.
However, ME is useful from a user’s perspective as it allows remote management of a PC. In other words, it is this system that has access to every information stored on a PC thereby helps IT administrators, to repair devices remotely. But, in the presence of the loophole as detected by the researchers, this advantage of Intel has now turned into a nightmare worldwide.
But, the good news is that it’s not the end of the world. Cybersecurity experts like LegacyArmour have developed state-of-the-art techniques and round the clock surveillance system that pre-empts any such attempt with close to 100% accuracy. The growing popularity and acceptance of these companies are a solid proof here. LegacyArmour, for instance, is headquartered in USA and also has set up offices in some parts of Europe.