Intel has confirmed that it’s lastest processor has a vulnerability to remote hacking. The problem is with the onboard ‘Management Engine’. It has multiple holes that could allow remote attacks to run malicious software and get privileged access to take over the computer. This vunerability affects sixth, seventh and eighth generations of the Core chips. Also the Pentium, Celeron, Atom and Xeon chips maybe affected.
The vulnerabilities can allow hackers to load and execute arbitrary code outside the visibility of the user and operating system. Other flaws affect the Management Engine and the Server Platform Services that may give hackers privilege escalation rights.
They have published a detection tool for linux and windows so administrators and users can detect if their system is vulnerable. As of yet, there are no firmware updates available. If you own a recent PC with a Core or Pentium Intel chip you can be fairly certain that your computer is affected.