Surface Devices Are Not Vulnerable to Intel AMT Exploit

Posted on June 1, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Microsoft Surface with 4 Comments

Surface Devices Are Not Vulnerable to Intel AMT Exploit

Today, Microsoft said that Surface devices are not vulnerable to a recently disclosed vulnerability in the Intel Active Management Technology (AMT) chipset and firmware.

Intel AMT lets IT admins remotely manage PCs, and it offers monitoring, maintenance, updating/upgrading, and repairing functionality.

“In the beginning of May, Intel announced that a vulnerability had been detected in their Intel Active Management Technology (AMT), available in many of their processors and chipsets including some processors and chipsets used in the Surface device lineup,” Microsoft’s Brandon Records explains. “Devices in the Surface lineup are not vulnerable to this exploit and no action is required on the part administrators or users.”

If you’re unsure about the validity of this claim, Microsoft notes that you can verify it using the INTEL-SA-00075 Discovery Tool, which Intel provides to help IT admins and end users determine whether a system is vulnerable to the exploit.

[You can learn more about this vulnerability on the Intel website as well](You can learn more about this vulnerability on the Intel website as well).

 

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