Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Saturday January 13, 2018

A Security Issue in Intel’s Active Management Technology

F-Secure is highlighting another critical Intel security issue: according to the Finnish cyber security and privacy company, Intel’s Active Management Technology (AMT) allows local attackers to compromise and take control of work laptops in as little as 30 seconds. Due to insecure defaults, user and BIOS passwords can be completely bypassed.

The security issue "is almost deceptively simple to exploit, but it has incredible destructive potential," said Harry Sintonen, the senior security consultant at F-Secure who came across the oversight. "In practice, it can give an attacker complete control over an individual's work laptop, despite even the most extensive security measures."