Purism’s quest against Intel’s Management Engine black box CPU now comes in 14 inches

This latest device succeeds the previous Librem 13 laptop, which ran for four generations, and includes a slightly bigger display, a hexa-core Ice Lake Intel Core i7 processor, gigabit Ethernet, and USB-C. As the name implies, the Librem 14 packs a 14-inch, 1920×1080 IPS display. Purism said this comes without increasing the laptop’s dimensions thanks to smaller bezels. You can find the full specs here.

Librem 14

Crucially, it is loaded with the usual privacy features found in Purism’s kit such as hardware kill switches that disconnect the microphone and webcam from the laptop’s circuitry. It also comes with the firm’s PureBoot tech, which includes Purism’s in-house CoreBoot BIOS replacement, and a mostly excised Intel Management Engine (IME).

The IME is a hidden coprocessor included in most of Chipzilla’s chipsets since 2008. It allows system administrators to remotely manage devices using out-of-band communications. But it’s also controversial in the security community since it’s somewhat of a black box.

There is little by way of public documentation. Intel hasn’t released the source code. And, to add insult to injury, it’s also proven vulnerable to exploitation in the past.

Source: Purism’s quest against Intel’s Management Engine black box CPU now comes in 14 inches • The Register