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SINIT Authenticated Code Module Privilege Escalation

Intel ID:  INTEL-SA-00035
Product family:  Intel® Trusted Execution Technology
Impact of vulnerability Elevation of Privilege
Severity rating Important
Original release:  Jul 01, 2013
Last revised:  Jul 01, 2013


Intel® Trusted Execution Technology SINIT modules for 3rd Generation Intel® i5 and i7 vPro and Intel® Xeon® E3-1200 and E3-1200V2 Series Processors are susceptible to a privilege escalation issue. This issue also affects Intel 2nd Generation vPro Core i5 and i7 (SNB) based product family that are using the backwards compatible 3rd Generation vPro Core i5 and i7 (IVB) SINIT ACM. To mitigate this issue, Intel is providing new SINIT ACMs.


When Intel® Trusted Execution Technology measured launch environment (MLE) is invoked using affected SINIT Authenticated Code Modules (ACMs), the platform is susceptible to a kernel level attack which may compromise certain SINIT ACM functionality, including launch control policy and System Management Mode (SMM). To mitigate this issue, Intel is providing new SINIT ACMs.

If Intel®TXT is disabled you are not affected by this issue. If you are not actively running Intel®TXT disable it in the BIOS. Consult your owner’s manual for instructions on how to disable Intel TXT in BIOS.” 

Affected products:

Client and UP Server Processors Chipset Vulnerable SINIT ACM version are this or earlier Fixed SINIT ACM are this version and higher

3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Mobile Extreme Edition Processor Series , 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7 and i5 Mobile Processor Series

(Codename: Ivy Bridge)

Intel® QM77 and QS77 Chipset

(Codename: Panther Point-M)





3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7 and i5 Desktop Processor Series and Intel® Xeon® Processor E3-1200V2 Product Family

(Codename: Ivy Bridge)

Intel® Q77 Express and C216 Chipset

(Codename: Panther Point)





2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Mobile Extreme Edition Processor Series , 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7, and i5 Mobile Processor Series

(Codename: Sandy Bridge)

Mobile Intel® QM67, and QS67 Chipset Express

(Codename: Cougar Point-M)





2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7 and i5 Desktop Processor Series and Intel® Xeon® Processor E3-1200 Product Family

(Codename: Sandy Bridge)

Intel® Q67 Express, C202, C204, C206 Chipsets

(Codename: Cougar Point)






While Intel is not aware of any use of the vulnerabilities described in this advisory, Intel has made an updated SINIT Authenticated Code Module (ACM)s available to mitigate this issue by revocation of the old SINIT ACM and releasing a new SINIT ACM. It is highly recommended to apply this updated SINIT Authenticated Code Module (ACM). If you are using a Trusted Execution Technology enabled SW (MLE) that uses SINIT modules v1.1 or older, you are affected. Intel has made updated SINIT modules and revocation tools available to mitigate this issue. Updated SINIT ACM and revocation tools for revoking SINIT ACM 1.1 or older and SINIT ACM 1.2 with a fix can be downloaded from  Intel highly recommends applying these updates as soon as possible.


N/A - Found during a routine internal code review.

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