Just installed 18.04. It's asking me about this every time I log on. It has something to do with security and passwords, but I can't find a definition. I can't decide what to do with it if I don't know what it is.

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    What is the exact message? – SurvivalMachine Aug 13 at 15:00
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    We need more information, but I might venture a guess that it has something to do with the Intel Management Engine? – Android Dev Aug 13 at 16:13
  • Sounds like something to ask the hardware manufacturer about. What is the exact hardware? – waltinator Aug 13 at 16:54
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    @waltinator System76 Oryx Pro laptop, 64bit, 16 RAM, Intel Core i7-7700 HQ, 2.8GHzx8. @ survivalmachine I'll reboot to get the message – Lew Aug 13 at 18:18
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    @survivalmachine After I log in, a small window appears that says "New firmware available, Add ME disable switch?" When I hover on it, the bottom extends and allows me to click "Install firmware" – Lew Aug 13 at 18:25

System 76 offers you the ability to disable the Intel Management Engine, a computer-within-your-computer. However, if you change your OS to a different release or version, IME may return.

Some folks don't like IME for security reasons. Suggest you do your own research on the benefits and downsides of IME before you make a decision.


Based on comments, I searched for "system76 me disable switch" and found that it's System76's solution to a security problem with Intel's management engine.


One discussion seems to indicate that it's not actually disabled.


I don't know if that's the whole story, but I've identified the issue to research.

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