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The FSF has previously written about Intel's ME and AMT, calling attention to how this proprietary software introduces a fundamental security flaw—a back door—into a person's machine, allowing a perpetrator to remotely access the computer over a network. It enables powering the computer on and off, configuring and upgrading the BIOS, wiping the hard drives, reinstalling the operating system, and more. While there is a BIOS option to ostensibly disable AMT, because the BIOS itself is proprietary, the user has no means to verify whether it is actually sufficient. Further, the functionality provided by the ME/AMT could be a useful
This is a huge accomplishment, but unfortunately, it is not known if the Libreboot developers' efforts to remove the ME and AMT from this device will be applicable to newer Intel-based laptops. It is a wretched state of affairs when users can't uninstall proprietary software and replace it with free software simply because a hardware maker wishes to make it difficult to do so. That's why we are calling on Intel to work with us to enable removal of ME and AMT for users who don't want it on their machines!
Personally, I find it incredibly frustrating to think that free software developers may have to invest even more time and energy figuring out how to remove proprietary firmware without rendering the hardware nonfunctional. I know that hackers like Francis and the Libreboot team, and the many contributors to the upstream Coreboot project, would rather create new features and functionality in free software than spend their time figuring out how to remove proprietary software and gain control of the basic functionality of their computers. But I am also thankful that Gluglug and Libreboot have stepped up to do this work and have made it easy for me to purchase a laptop that respects my freedom.
To learn more about the Respects Your Freedom hardware certification, including details on the certification of the Libreboot X200, visit http://www.fsf.org/ryf. If you know of a hardware seller out there that you think can achieve RYF certification, then please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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