PC vendors scramble as Intel announces vulnerability in firmware [telecom]

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Intel has issued a security alert that management firmware on a number
of recent PC, server, and Internet-of-Things processor platforms are
vulnerable to remote attack. Using the vulnerabilities, the most
severe of which was uncovered by Mark Ermolov and Maxim Goryachy of
Positive Technologies Research, remote attackers could launch commands
on a host of Intel-based computers, including laptops and desktops
shipped with Intel Core processors since 2015. They could gain access
to privileged system information, and millions of computers could
essentially be taken over as a result of the bug. Most of the
vulnerabilities require physical access to the targeted device, but
one allows remote attacks with administrative access.


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