Intel chips have an unfixable security flaw

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Hope hackers can't exploit this flaw :unsure:

"Researchers with the security firm Positive Technologies have discovered a significant flaw in Intel chipsets dating back at least five years. The flaw is reportedly completely unfixable because it's hard-coded into the mask ROM, making it impossible for Intel to update. "

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What are your thoughts about this?
 

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This is actually a repeat of the same problem reported more than a year ago. Nothing new has happened.

A person must have physical access to your computer to exploit the flaw. They can't do anything via the internet. In other words, they have to sit down in front of your computer to even attempt to breach your computer. And even then, it's no easy task.
 

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A person must have physical access to your computer to exploit the flaw. They can't do anything via the internet. In other words, they have to sit down in front of your computer to even attempt to breach your computer. And even then, it's no easy task.
Can they gain remote access and do it that way?
 

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Can they gain remote access and do it that way?
No, they must be physically sitting at your computer during the boot process.

Since remote access is lost on reboot and no programs are being run during the boot process, they couldn't do anything remotely.

The problem is in the period between the POST (Power On Self Test) and before the operating system is loaded.
 

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Since remote access is lost on reboot and no programs are being run during the boot process, they couldn't do anything remotely.

The problem is in the period between the POST (Power On Self Test) and before the operating system is loaded.
Would this hold true if your computer was in the sleep or hibernate mode?
 

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Would this hold true if your computer was in the sleep or hibernate mode?
Yes it would because it is not running through it's boot routine when it's in that state. It's just suspended the operating system's operation.
 

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Yes it would because it is not running through it's boot routine when it's in that state. It's just suspended the operating system's operation.
Thank you for all your replies. Just wondering at this point. who should or shouldn't be worried about this flaw.
 

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Literally nobody should be concerned about it, unless you're involved in high security systems AND/OR you have questionable people able to physically access your computers.
 
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