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Security flaw in Intel’s AMT lets attackers hack laptops in seconds: Cyber security firm


An attacker can reboot the target’s machine and enter the boot menu. (File Photo)

Finnish cyber security company F-Secure has claimed

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Security flaw in Intel’s AMT lets attackers hack laptops in seconds

Finnish cyber security company F-Secure has claimed it has found a security flaw in Intel’s Active Management Technology (AMT) which can allow a hacker to compromise a work laptop within seconds. AMT is Intel’s proprietary solution for remote access monitoring and maintenance of corporate-grade personal computers, created to allow IT departments or managed service providers to better control their device fleets.

The company said that in July 2017 Harry Sintonen, one of F-Secure’s Senior Security Consultants, discovered unsafe and misleading default behaviour within Intel’s AMT. “AMT is no stranger to security weaknesses, with many other researchers finding multiple flaws within the system, but Sintonen’s discovery surprised even him,” the company said in a blog post.

“The attack is almost deceptively simple to enact, but it has incredible destructive potential. In practice, it can give a local attacker complete control over an individual’s work laptop, despite even the most extensive security measures,” Sintonen

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Gone in 30 seconds: New Intel AMT exploit is scarier than you can …

Intel had a pretty rough start to 2018 with a slew of security flaws in Intel CPUs rearing their ugly heads. After the whole Meltdown and Spectre debacle, there’s apparently another bitter pill to swallow. F-Secure’s Senior Security Consultant, Harry Sintonen, has discovered a potential security flaw in Intel’s Active Management Technology (AMT) that allows hackers in physical proximity of a laptop to take control full control of the system and gain remote access, all under a minute.

F-Secure says the issue so severe that even the best protections, including BIOS passwords, will fail if the hacker knows his stuff. It is sort of surprising, given that the system cannot be accessed if the hacker cannot get past the BIOS password screen. However, by selecting the Management Engine BIOS Extension (MEBx) at boot, the hacker just simply login using the default ‘admin’ password. It is common that users tend

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Gone in 30 seconds: New Intel AMT exploit is scarier than you can ever fathom

Intel had a pretty rough start to 2018 with a slew of security flaws in Intel CPUs rearing their ugly heads. After the whole Meltdown and Spectre debacle, there’s apparently another bitter pill to swallow. F-Secure’s Senior Security Consultant, Harry Sintonen, has discovered a potential security flaw in Intel’s Active Management Technology (AMT) that allows hackers in physical proximity of a laptop to take control full control of the system and gain remote access, all under a minute.

F-Secure says the issue so severe that even the best protections, including BIOS passwords, will fail if the hacker knows his stuff. It is sort of surprising, given that the system cannot be accessed if the hacker cannot get past the BIOS password screen. However, by selecting the Management Engine BIOS Extension (MEBx) at boot, the hacker just simply login using the default ‘admin’ password. It is common that users tend

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Researcher Exploits Intel Remote Management Security In 30 Seconds But It’s Not What You Think

The big news in security (or lack thereof) recently has been the Meltdown and Spectre issues that have plagued Intel, AMD, and Apple. Those aren’t the only security issues that computer users are facing. Security research firm F-Secure has found a new security flaw that it says affects Intel Active Management Technology or AMT. AMT is an Intel proprietary solution that allows remote access or monitoring and management of personal computers in a corporate setting.

8th Gen Intel Core S series Chip8th Gen Intel Core S series Chip

The tech was meant to allow IT departments in these large organizations or managed service providers to control fleets of computers. F-Secure Senior Security Consultant Harry Sintonen found a flaw in AMT in July of 2017 (it has only now been disclosed) that surprised him. He said, “The attack is almost deceptively simple to

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