[sf-lug] Fwd: Intel Management Engine – Take Action

jim jim at well.com
Fri Jan 19 18:18:57 PST 2018

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Subject: 	Intel Management Engine – Take Action
Date: 	Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:36:26 -0500
From: 	Dana Morgenstein <info at fsf.org>
Reply-To: 	Dana Morgenstein <info at fsf.org>
To: 	James Stockford <jim at well.com>

Free Software Foundation

/Read online and share: 

Dear James Stockford,

The Intel Management Engine (ME) 
is a grave threat to the freedom, privacy, and security of computer 
users. The Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities 
discovered in early 2018 have drawn a great deal of unwanted attention 
to Intel, and this provides us with an opportunity to educate others 
about the dangers of the Intel ME, as well as other ongoing injustices 
imposed by proprietary software.

If there is an event at your university or in your community addressing 
the Intel chip bugs, we urge you to distribute printed copies of our 
report on the Intel ME 
by Denis GNUtoo Carikli, with the following foreword by Free Software 
Foundation president Richard Stallman:

    /Meltdown and Spectre are errors. Grave errors, to be sure, but not
    evidently malicious. Everyone makes mistakes./

    /Intel has done far worse with its CPUs than make a mistake. It has
    built in an intentional back door called the Management Engine./

    /Important as these bugs are, don't let Intel's mistakes distract
    you from Intel's deliberate attack!/

*Download a printable PDF of the article here. 

These events provide an excellent chance to inform our friends and 
neighbors about why free software matters. Please let us know if you 
bring this article to an event, and let us know how it turned out.

Happy hacking!

Dana Morgenstein
Free Software Foundation
Outreach & Communication Coordinator

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