> Inside every modern Intel CPU is a secondary CPU running an embedded OS with direct access to nice things like all the RAM, AES acceleration hardware, TMP etc.
So we have since Core2Duo at least following : IntelME - can be vanished by Libreboot Important BLOBS (even in Coreboot) for hardware like RAM initialization - can be vanished by Libreboot Backdoors in the CPU to root it by some instruction sequence Spectre & Hyperthreading like CPU flaws - can it be vanished by software emulated VM? Yesterday on May 13 almost at the midnight my computer went to sleep without me asking it to. After returning it from sleep I could not run my browser from which I posted here anymore, though other browsers started. A try to run it from console indicated some LD lib or something like that problems. It is a ES2L board waiting to be reflashed to Libreboot, not sure yet to do it or not though ... Today my keyboard is very lazy to type, it seems like some type of an electromagnetic suppression, but it is a relatively old hardware and non USB keyboard, so it still works slowly :P I am afraid that modern boards like for Haswell have more undesirable features, most likely they even do not need Internet cable, WIFI is not needed either, though not sure how it works, may be by radio channel backdoors in the board and even in relatively modern HDDs or just simly over power line?