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Date:      Fri, 12 Jan 2018 13:21:29 -0700
From:      JD <jd1008@gmail.com>
To:        FreeBSD Users <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
Subject:   The Intel Management Engine: an attack on computer users' freedom
Message-ID:  <5A5918C9.4060200@gmail.com>

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Will *-BSD distro OS'es be able to defeat or disable this attack?

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Dear Subscriber,

"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 bu
t 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 techno
logy, 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 chipse
t among x86 users -- it's become more important than ever to talk about 
the necessity of software freedom in these deep
ly 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 publication.



Free Software Foundation

/Read and share online: 
https://www.fsf.org/blogs/sysadmin/the-management-engine-an-attack-on-computer-users-freedom/ 


Dear Subscriber,

"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 
<https://www.fsf.org/blogs/sysadmin/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 
<https://www.cnet.com/news/meltdown-spectre-intel-ceo-no-recall-chip-processor/>; 
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 publication.

You can read and share this article online at FSF.org 
<https://www.fsf.org/blogs/sysadmin/the-management-engine-an-attack-on-computer-users-freedom>. 


Cheers,
Molly

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