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Has Intel ME Analysis Tool Development Petered Out?

Recently I decided to upgrade the Intel Management Engine (ME) firmware on my Lenovo T450 laptop as Lenovo had released a new version of the firmware (10.0.55.3000) in May 2017. The ME firmware upgrade went smoothly and no problems were encountered. After the upgrade was completed, I decided to review my knowledge of ME firmware internals using the ME firmware binary that I had just installed as I had last looked at ME firmware in early 2015. For readers who are not familiar with the Intel Management Engine, I suggest you first read this Wikipedia article on Intel Active Management

Decrypt PROLiNK ADSL Modem Configuration File To Reveal Backdoor

I was recently asked by a friend to examine the settings on a PROLiNK ADSL2 router modem, model PRS1241B, to see if the performance of the modem could be improved as he was having trouble using it for video conferencing. PROLiNK is a brand of Fida International (S) Pte Ltd, a Singapore-based company founded in 1991, that produces a wide range of consumer technology products including a range of ADSL modems and routers. As usual, I wished to make a backup of the current user-configurable settings before modifying any user configurable settings. PROLiNK makes this an easy task to accomplish

Accessing TPM Functionality From UEFI Shell - Part 1

A Trusted Platform Module (TPM) is, traditionally, a hardware device (chip) designed to enable commodity computing platforms (think laptop or personal computer) to achieve greater levels of security than non-TPM equipped platform. There are over 600 million installed TPMs, mostly in high-end laptops made by Lenovo, HP, Dell, Toshiba and others. TPMs are manufactured by many chip producers including Atmel, STMicroelectronics and Toshiba. Via it’s Trusted Execution Technology (TXT), Intel now incorporates TPM functionality in many of its current processors. TPM technology is specified by the Trusted Computing Group (TCG), an industry consortium that includes Intel, Microsoft, AMD, IBM, HP,

Installing 64-bit Flash Plugin (Square) for Firefox on Fedora 13

The Adobe Flash Player is a very popular method for delivering rich web content. Native 32-bit Flash Player plugins for web browsers such as Firefox, Opera, Chrome and others have been available for a long time. Adobe had a preview 64-bit GNU/Linux Flash Player available but withdrew support for it back in June 2010 citing the need to make “significant architectural changes” and “security enhancements” to the player. Since then no native 64-bit Flash Player plugin has been available for GNU/Linux from Adobe. However, on September 15th 2010 they released a preview Flash Player named Square which included a native