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Intel Plugs 29 Holes in CPUs, Bluetooth, Security

The higher-rated advisories focus on privilege-escalation bugs in CPU firmware: Tough to patch, hard to exploit, tempting to a savvy attacker.

Intel has unleashed 29 security advisories to plug up some serious bugs in the BIOS firmware for Intel processors, as well as in its Bluetooth products, Active Management Technology tools, the NUC Mini PC line, and, ironically, in its own security library.

Details about the advisories can be found at Intel’s Product Security Center.

Intel’s senior director of communications, Jerry Bryant, said in a blog post on Wednesday that Intel’s mostly digging these security issues up internally – as in, 95 percent – through its own diligence, with big chunks of them coming through its bugs bounty program and the company’s own research.

“Today we released 29 security advisories addressing 73 vulnerabilities,” Bryant wrote. “Forty of those, or 55 percent, were found internally through our own proactive security research. Of the remaining 33 CVEs being addressed, 29, or 40 percent, were reported through our bug-bounty program. Overall, 95 percent of the issues being addressed today are the result of our ongoing investments in security assurance, which is consistent with our 2020 Product Security Report.”

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