The issue with Intel's processors is widespread and a fix will not be available for some time yet. The flaws in their security features are present in 6-8th gen Core chips, as well as a variety of Xeons, Celerons and Apollo Lake CPUs which accounts for a wide variety of systems, from gaming machines to NAS devices. All suffer from the vulnerability which allows compromised code to run a system invisibly, as it will be executed below the OS on the actual chip. From what The Register gleaned from various manufacturers, only Dell will release a patch before 2018 and even that will only offer a solution for a very limited number of machines. The end of 2017 is going to be a little too interesting for many sysadmins.
"As Intel admitted on Monday, multiple flaws in its Management Engine, Server Platform Services, and Trusted Execution Engine make it possible to run code that operating systems – and therefore sysadmins and users – just can't see."
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