Previous reports have been confirmed by Intel that its recent PC internet related components and server chips are defenseless to remote hacking. The major issue is with the onboard Management Engine. It has a number of holes and it can allow remote hackers to run harmful software and get powerful access to take-over computers. This weakness affects 6th, 7th and 8th generation Core chips (including Kaby Lake, Kaby Lake R, and Skylake) along with Pentium, Atom, Celeron, and various Xeon chips. Intel pointed out in the security bulletin that in the event of any online breach, their defenselessness can allow attackers to load and execute frivolous code without letting informed the user and operating system. Other weaknesses might affect the Management Engine and Server Platform Services of Intel by allowing potential privileges to hackers.
Now, Intel has announced a special detection tool for Windows and Linux based platforms in providing help to administrators and users in detecting weaknesses of their systems. The company also posted a fix for its PC customers, but just for Lenovo, Dell and Intel (for its NUC and Compute Sticks) including listed affected systems. So, if you have a recent PC with Core Pentium Intel chip then your system will assumingly be affected. Point to be noted that lists of Lenovo and Dell are too large. There is a positive sign that most researchers said that there might be no way to disclose the weaknesses prior to have access to a network. Google security researcher Matthew Garrett said that the company doesn’t have a real idea about its harmfulness.