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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/11/20/intel_flags_firmware_flaws/

Pretty serious stuff.

Minix!!? Wow.

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I might be just paranoid, or too cynical, but: that sounds like a built-in backdoor of the sort that organisantions like the NSA regard as necessary and patriotic. Says as much in the article at one point.

Problem is, someone found it and publicised it.

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If this is the best the NSA could come up with, I'm a little disappointed. These flaws all require either physical access (in which case the machine is pwned no matter what) or legitimate admin access (with which pwning and modifying the OS is a feature).

https://security-center.intel.com/advisory.aspx?intelid=INTEL-SA-00086&languageid=en-fr

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I have mostly used Intel cpus. But I have been leery of them from the beginning.

P3 was new in availability when we bought our first Win machine in 98 but long enough for people to notice that there was a backdoor built into it. Guy that built that box for us recommended using the P2 instead of the supposedly fixed P3. We went with the P2.

When I built this box my lack of faith in Intel was the reason for the Amd system. So I admit to being prejudiced. Wifes laptop is all amd too. Pretty much because we are both leery of Intel.

But I think Intel users with those cpus really should know this and check it out as best they can so that they can make their own judgement.