That is, if an IT guru can reinstall Windows on your laptop remotely, this exploit applies to you.
If you’ve never heard of this capability, you’re probably fine.
Intel is releasing a “critical” firmware update to systems makers to battle a recently reported security vulnerability in its chipset firmware which can allow an attacker to remotely gain access to PCs built for business users and other devices that incorporate special Intel business management features.
The “escalation of privilege vulnerability “ affects systems built for business use that include special Intel Active Management Technology (AMT), Intel Standard Manageability (ISM) or Intel Small Business Technology firmware, versions 6.x, 7.x, 8.x 9.x, 10.x, 11.0, 11.5, and 11.6, the company reported in a May 1 security advisory.
It is important to note this remote exploit only affects a small percentage of total systems.
Management Engine can be used to boot a computer over a network, install a new OS, and can disable a PC if it fails to check into a server at some predetermined interval.