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Windows 7: Intel AMT - Hardware Backdoor?

08 Dec 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 17 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
Intel AMT - Hardware Backdoor?

I was helping my friend setup his new Acer laptop.
We ran PC Decrapifier (thanks to everyone who has suggested using this utility ).

Afterwards we noticed some Intel services running on the laptop.
A brief Internet search revealed some terrifying information.

Intel AMT


Quote:
"Embedded in hardware, Intel® vPro™ technology capabilities are accessed and administered separate from the hard drive, OS, and software applications – in a pre-boot environment. This makes management less susceptible to issues affecting these areas and allows remote access to the PC regardless of the system’s power state or OS condition. Key encryption components are kept in protected FLASH memory, separate from the data they protect, making it easier to secure and harder to penetrate and access sensitive information."


Quote:
Features (edited "highlights"):
  • "Intel AMT is designed into a secondary processor located on the motherboard."
  • "Most AMT features are available OOB, regardless of PC power state.[1]"
  • "Hardware-based features can be combined with scripting to automate maintenance and service.[1]"
  • "Remotely power up, power down, power cycle, and power reset the computer.[1]"
  • "Remote boot the PC by remotely redirecting the PC’s boot process, causing it to boot from a different image, such as a network share, bootable CD-ROM or DVD, remediation drive, or other boot device.[1][7]"
  • "Access and change BIOS settings remotely.[1] This feature is available even if PC power is off, the OS is down, or hardware has failed."
  • "Discover an AMT system independently of the PC's power state or OS state.[1]"
  • "Perform a software inventory or access information about software on the PC.[1]"
  • "Perform a hardware inventory by uploading the remote PC's hardware asset list (platform, baseboard management controller, BIOS, processor, memory, disks, portable batteries, field replaceable units, and other information).[1] Hardware asset information is updated every time the system runs through power-on self-test (POST)."
Intel Active Management Technology - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Forget about Rootkits and (alleged) MS Windows Backdoors, Intel AMT does it all.

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