Intel CPU and UEFI

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    Reading up on this

    and running this

    harry@biker1:~/Downloads/Intel_CPU_checker$ ./
    INTEL-SA-00086 Detection Tool
    Copyright(C) 2017, Intel Corporation, All rights reserved
    Application Version:
    Scan date: 2017-11-22 19:49:30 GMT
    *** Host Computer Information ***
    Name: biker1
    Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
    Model: Latitude E5500
    Processor Name: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU     T7250  @ 2.00GHz
    OS Version: Debian Jessie
    *** Risk Assessment ***
    Detection Error: This system may be vulnerable, please install the Intel(R) MEI/TXEI driver (available from your system manufacturer).
    For more information refer to the SA-00086 Detection Tool Guide or the Intel security advisory Intel-SA-00086 at the following link:

    My system manufacturer, Dell. Does not supply kernel upgrade or module installs for Linux. Only Windows . Unless I missed reading up here.

    Anyways. In my case. I’ll ignore the warning.

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    This vulnerability was only announced a few days ago. I think the companies are scrambling to provide fixes. Here is the Dell page that was linked to from the Intel page. There is a long list of Dell machines that have fixes available or in the works. For some machines the fix is available via a BIOS upgrade. It’s possible that Linux systems will only need the BIOS upgrade but it is going to take some time for manufacturers to patch ALL of their systems. I don’t think Linux-only machines are going to be left high and dry but the internet-of-things could be a nightmare.

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