Check if your Intel computer is exposed to Vulnerabilities

After findings revealed Intel chips were susceptible to vulnerabilities following a test conducted by researchers, Intel acknowledged the flaw and issued a security advisory. Severity rating that was accorded to the vulnerability was ‘IMPORTANT’. As such, it was essential to find a range of systems that were at risk. Intel verified systems running ME Firmware versions 11.0/11.5/11.6/11.7/11.10/11.20, SPS Firmware version 4.0, and TXE version 3.0 were impacted and 6th, 7th & 8th Generation Intel Core Processor Family, Intel Atom C3000 Processor Family, Intel Xeon Processor Scalable Family chips were at risk. And so the INTEL-SA-00086 Detection Tool has been released that will detect any security vulnerability described in INTEL-Security Advisory -00086.

Intel-SA-00086 Security Bulletin

As much as eight vulnerabilities were discovered. Mitigating them was important as Intel’s review indicated that attackers could gain unauthorized access to systems running

  1. Intel Management Engine (ME)
  2. Intel Trusted Execution Engine (TXE)
  3. Intel Server Platform Service (SPS),

INTEL-SA-00086 Detection Tool

Intel has released a tool – The INTEL-SA-00086 Detection Tool capable of detecting any security vulnerability described in INTEL-Security Advisory -00086.

This download file contains two versions of the tool.

  1. The first is an interactive GUI tool that, when run, discovers the hardware and software details of the device and provides a risk assessment.
  2. The second version of the tool is a console executable that saves the discovery information to the Windows* registry and to an XML file. This version is more suitable for IT administrators wishing to perform bulk detection operations across multiple machines.

Find out if your Intel computer is vulnerable

Use Intel’s direct-download link to download the Intel portable tool – Windows version. It does not require any installation. Simply download the file with name – SA00086_Windows.zip

Intel Security Tool

Once extracted, run the file SA00086_Windows.zip/DiscoveryTool.GUI/Intel-SA-00086-GUI.exe

Find out if your Intel computer is vulnerable

After running the file for few seconds, you should see any one of the following possible four results based on risk assessment

  • This system is vulnerable
  • Detection Error: This system may be vulnerable.
  • This system is not vulnerable.

INTEL-SA-00086 Detection Tool

To download it and for additional information, visit Intel.com.

Posted by on , in Category Security with Tags

The author Hemant Saxena is a post-graduate in bio-technology and has an immense interest in following Windows, Office and other technology developments. Quiet by nature, he is an avid Lacrosse player. Creating a System Restore Point first before installing a new software, and being careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware is recommended.