Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Oct 2017 23:45 UTC

The Intel Management Engine ('IME' or 'ME') is an out-of-band co-processor integrated in all post-2006 Intel-CPU-based PCs. It has full network and memory access and runs proprietary, signed, closed-source software at ring -2, independently of the BIOS, main CPU and platform operating system - a fact which many regard as an unacceptable security risk (particularly given that at least one remotely exploitable security hole has already been reported).

In this mini-guide, I'll run through the process of disabling the IME on your target PC.

Apparently, the IME co-processor runs... MINIX 3. That is incredibly fascinating. This means every post-2006 Intel PC runs MINIX.

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It doesn't help that AMD changed the name twice. First to PSP (Platform Security Processor) and now to "Secure Processor".

According to this article, the first in-the-wild PSP cores back in 2014 were 32-bit ARM Cortex-A5 cores:,3813-2.htm...

...and here are some more recent links about it:

Edited 2017-10-13 00:33 UTC

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