For those of you with Intel processors, it’s time to see if you are vulnerable. Meanwhile we’re business as usual for Windows updates and Flash updates. And if you use Microsoft’s native antivirus protection, be sure that you’ve received the latest engine update to fix a critical flaw.
Intel’s Processors May Need Fixing
Intel’s processors are vulnerable to a flaw in Intel’s Active management technology, Small Business Technology or Intel Standard Manageability software, and although I read that this “did not impact consumer PCs” I honestly ignored the warnings: “I follow security best practices. This can’t impact my workstations.”
And then I used the Intel Detection Tool and determined that many of my workstations – especially in my office – did have the vulnerable code in my systems. So much for best security practices! Fortunately, while I may have the vulnerable code, the Active management technology is and was not ever enabled, and I don’t have it set to be accessible from outside of my office. Thus I am not vulnerable to attack even though I may have the vulnerable code on my system.
Nevertheless, I recommend that you scan your own system and see if it can detect what chipset you have and if you too may have the vulnerable software. Then contact or view the forums of your OEM vendors and see when they plan to release a bios update to fix this issue. Some like Dell have posted a listing of impacted systems. HP also has a page where you can follow up with more information.
Bottom line: I’m not going into panic mode and neither should you, but it’s wise to determine if your system will be due for a bios update shortly. I’ll report back with the process of updating bios firmware in an upcoming Patch watch.