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We are working with customers to provide additional assistance as this situation evolves, and will update this blog with details as appropriate.Today, we released an update to the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) to detect and remove Wanna Crypt malware.More information on the malware itself is available from the Microsoft Malware Protection Center on the Windows Security blog.For those new to the Microsoft Malware Protection Center, this is a technical discussion focused on providing the IT Security Professional with information to help further protect systems.Given the potential impact to customers and their businesses, we made the decision to make the Security Update for platforms in custom support only, Windows XP, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2003, broadly available for download (see links below).Customers who are running supported versions of the operating system (Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows 10, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016) will have received the security update MS17-010 in March.Security-focused laptop maker Purism eventually gained attention by offering its Librem series of laptops with Intel's Management Engine firmware disabled.
The blue silicon giant has now acknowledged the problems and announced the availability of patches for motherboard and system makers to integrate into future BIOS updates.
This decision was made based on an assessment of this situation, with the principle of protecting our customer ecosystem overall, firmly in mind.
Some of the observed attacks use common phishing tactics including malicious attachments.
Intel's statement indicates that "an attacker could gain unauthorized access to platform, [the] Intel ME feature, and third-party secrets protected by the Intel Management Engine, Intel Server Platform Service (SPS), or Intel Trusted Execution Engine (TXE)." That access could let an attacker "load and execute arbitrary code outside the visibility of the user and operating system," impersonate the ME, SPS or TXE to gain access to user data, or simply crash a system.
The company says it has reviewed and updated its Management Engine (versions 11.0 to 11.20), Server Platform Services (SPS) version 4.0, and Trusted Execution Engine version 3.0 in order to improve "firmware resilience." The list of affected products includes: End users will have to wait for motherboard and system makers to integrate Intel's updates into BIOS updates in order to protect their machines.