|FROM ||Ruben Safir
|SUBJECT ||Subject: [Hangout - NYLXS] Fwd: The Intel Management Engine: an attack on
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Dear Ruben Safir,
"The Management Engine (frequently abbreviated as ME) is a separate
computer within Intel computers, which denies users control over their
computers, by forcing them to run nonfree software that cannot be
modified or replaced by anyone but Intel. This is dangerous and
unjust. It is a very serious attack on freedom, privacy, and security
of computer users."
So writes Denis GNUtoo Carikli, free software activist and one of the
co-founders of the Replicant project in a recent article titled "[The
Management Engine: an attack on computer users' freedom]."
Intel ME lives inside every computer with an Intel chipset. As a
major producer of home and commercial computing technology, Intel ME
can seem not just pervasive, but ubiquitous. This infringement of
freedom is in homes around the world -- and there's nothing that can
be done about it.
With security issues like the [Spectre and Meltdown]
vulnerabilities discovered in Intel chips -- the most popular chipset
among x86 users -- it's become more important than ever to talk about
the necessity of software freedom in these deeply embedded technologies.
In order to help a larger audience understand Intel Management Engine
and the way it affects developers and users alike, Carikli began
working on a book, a section of which he shared with the FSF for
You can [read and share this article online at FSF.org].
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