Intel security assist là gì

What does Intel Security Assist vày, và why is it installed?Also, (how) does it relate khổng lồ the IME, & is it reasonable khổng lồ believe that it provides/facilitates the provision of back-doors inlớn the OS. (After nearly a year, I"ve sầu still been unable khổng lồ find any meaningful information about it in Google)

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Old Update - There have been some answers below confirming its part of the IME platform, but this does explain what the benefits / utility of the program is (particularly khổng lồ the user).

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Hãng sản xuất Intel Security Assist (ISA) is part ofHãng Intel Active sầu Management Technology (AMT) defined as :

Intel Active Management Technology (AMT) is hardware và firmware giải pháp công nghệ for remote out-of-b& management of personal computers, in order khổng lồ monitor, maintain, update, tăng cấp, and repair them. ... Intel AMT includes hardware-based remote management, security, power management, & remote configuration features that enable independent remote access khổng lồ AMT-enabled PCs.

According lớn some reports, ISA connects once a week to Hãng sản xuất Intel servers và passeson some unknown information.

It is not an essential service. On the Dell computer on which I"m writing thisanswer, ISA was not even installed for Windows 10, althoughIntel(R) Management and Security Applications are indeed installed.

AMT and ISA are suspected of using a hardware component which is baked intoall post-2006 Hãng sản xuất Intel boards và which can be used lớn remotely control thecomputer. This hardware component is enabled or not when the motherboardis manufactured & an access key is baked inkhổng lồ it via a certificate.Its presence and possible access are at the discretion of the manufacturer,but I would guess that it would normally not be enabled for consumer-grademotherboards, being more enterprise-oriented.

AMT was intended to lớn give enterprise IT managers greater control over themachines on their network, which it did in a big way.Starting with AMT 6.0, it includes KVM Remote Control lớn give ITadministrators complete access lớn the keyboard, video, & mouse of a targetclient.In AMT 7.0, Hãng sản xuất Intel makes it possible khổng lồ use a 3G cellular signal lớn skết thúc a remote kill comm& for deactivating a stolen computer.

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However, it is not AMT but ISA which is the subject here.To answer the questions raised by davidgo :

What it does

Nobody really knows, but it probably passes some statistics to Hãng sản xuất Intel.It is unknown (but possible) whether it can accept commands from Intelfor active sầu interference, but no such reports exist.

Why it is installed by Microsoft by Default

It is not installed by Microsoft by mặc định.It might be pre-installed by the manufacturer of the computer,and this might possibly indicate that AMT is activated in the hardware.

What security implications it has

Probably none. It is not ISA which can serve as an attachồng vector, but ratherAMT. There are many reports from users who disabled or uninstalled ISA with noill effects, so it seems rather harmless.

As further information,the Intel Management Engine is activated in a compatible PC’s BIOS,which gains one access khổng lồ several BIOS functions, but not before a passwordis set:


Within these same BIOS screens, you can perform several different low-màn chơi AMT-related configuration tasks, mostly related khổng lồ when AMT is activatedas a function of the current computer power-level. If your BIOS has no Intel MEentries, then probably AMT was not enabled by the motherboard manufacturer.

If you would like khổng lồ disable the hardware component of AMT,the GitHub projectme_cleanermight help, but there is already a chance that it is disabled.I also quote this from the project, which I actually take as a warningagainst an unsuccessful hack:

Starting from Nehalem the Intel ME firmware can"t be removed anymore: without a valid firmware the PC shuts off forcefully after 30 minutes. This project is an attempt to remove as much code as possible from such firmware without falling into the 30 minutes recovery mode.

Conclusion: ISA in my opinion is harmless. It can be blocked in the firewallor its system service can be disabled with no harmful effects.I would not advise on its uninstallation, because reinstalling it backmight be difficult.