PT-2017-12: Buffer Overflow in Intel Management Engine

Vulnerable product

Intel Management Engine
Version: 11.x


Severity level

Severity level: High
Impact: Arbitrary Code Execution
Access Vector: Local

CVSS v3:
Base Score: 8.2
Vector: (AV:L/AC:L/PR:H/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H)

CVE: CVE-2017-5705, CVE-2017-5706, CVE-2017-5707

Vulnerability description

The specialists of the Positive Research center have detected a Buffer Overflow vulnerability in Intel Management Engine.

Multiple buffer overflows in Intel Manageability Engine Firmware, Server Platform Services Firmware, and Trusted Execution Engine Firmware allow attackers with local access to the system to execute arbitrary code.

How to fix

Use vendor's advisory:

Advisory status

26.07.2017 - Vendor gets vulnerability details
20.11.2017 - Vendor releases fixed version and details
25.12.2017 - Public disclosure


The vulnerability was detected by Maxim Goryachy and Mark Ermolov, Positive Research Center (Positive Technologies Company)


Reports on the vulnerabilities previously discovered by Positive Research:

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