Intel Management Engine Insecure Read / Write Operations RCE (INTEL-SA-00075)

critical Nessus Plugin ID 97997


The management engine on the remote host is affected by a remote code execution vulnerability.


The Intel Management Engine on the remote host has Active Management Technology (AMT) enabled and is running Intel manageability firmware version 6.x prior to, 7.x prior to, 8.x prior to, 9.0.x or 9.1.x prior to, 9.5.x prior to, 10.0.x prior to, 11.0.18.x prior to, 11.0.22.x prior to, 11.0.x prior to, 11.6.10.x prior to, 11.6.12.x prior to, or else 11.5.x or 11.6.x prior to It is, therefore, affected by a remote code execution vulnerability due to insecure read and write operations. An unauthenticated, remote attacker can exploit this to execute arbitrary code.

Note that the vulnerability is only exploitable remotely if either Active Management Technology (AMT), Intel Standard Manageability (ISM), or Small Business Technology (SBT) is enabled. However, a local attacker can still exploit the vulnerability even if these components are disabled by simply re-enabling the components.

Also, note that due to the low-level implementation of Intel ME, Nessus may not be able to identify its version on the remote host at this time.


Contact your system OEM for updated firmware per the vendor advisory.

Alternatively, apply these mitigations per the INTEL-SA-00075 mitigation guide :

- Unprovision Intel manageability SKU clients.
- Disable or remove the Local Manageability Service (LMS).
- Configure local manageability configuration restrictions.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 97997

File Name: wmi_INTEL-SA-00075.nbin

Version: 1.135

Type: local

Agent: windows

Family: Windows

Published: 5/3/2017

Updated: 5/24/2022

Supported Sensors: Nessus Agent

Risk Information

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2017-5689


Risk Factor: High

Score: 8.4


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 8.7

Vector: AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Temporal Vector: E:H/RL:OF/RC:C


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 9.8

Temporal Score: 9.4

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Temporal Vector: E:H/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/h:intel:active_management_technology, cpe:/o:intel:active_management_technology_firmware

Required KB Items: Intel/AMT/Enabled, SMB/Services/Enumerated

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 4/25/2017

Vulnerability Publication Date: 5/1/2017

CISA Known Exploited Dates: 7/28/2022

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2017-5689

BID: 98269

CERT: 491375