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Revision as of 18:17, 13 August 2014

Uses of the Management Engine

The management engine(Often abreviated ME) is a CPU which permits Out of band management of the computer.

Freedom and security issues

  • The code that is running inside the management engine is proprietary and signed
  • The management engine CPU has access to a lot of things, see "ME physical capabilities" for more details.

Where

Board Firmware Microarchitecture Chipset ME location ME physical capabilities ME restrictions
Lenovo x201 AMT Nehalem Ibex Peak Inside the PCH
  • Has access to the memory
  • Controls the computer's original networking adapters
  • The ME firmware is signed.
Packard Bell EasyNote LM85 (MS2290) AMT?
Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook me.bin Sandy Bridge Inside the PCH
  • Has access to the memory
  • Controls the computer's original networking adapters
  • The ME firmware is signed.
Samsung Series 3 Chromebox me.bin
Lenovo t520 AMT
Google/HP Pavilion Chromebook 14 me.bin Ivy Bridge Inside the PCH
  • Has access to the memory
  • Controls the computer's original networking adapters
  • The ME firmware is signed.
Google Chromebook Pixel me.bin
Google/Acer C7 Chromebook me.bin
Google/Lenovo Thinkpad X131e Chromebook me.bin
Lenovo t530 AMT
Lenovo x230 AMT
Kotron KTQM77/mITX AMT?

Why there is no replacement for it yet

Firmware signature

RAM reagion is locked

See also