Intel discloses security vulnerabilities in firmware for several Intel CPUs

What you’ll need to do for Intel CPUs with the vulnerable Intel Management Engine – Update the motherboard firmware

Intel has announced a security vulnerability present in several of its CPUs specifically:

  • 6th, 7th & 8th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Family
  • Intel® Xeon® Processor E3-1200 v5 & v6 Product Family
  • Intel® Xeon® Processor Scalable Family
  • Intel® Xeon® Processor W Family
  • Intel® Atom® C3000 Processor Family
  • Apollo Lake Intel® Atom Processor E3900 series
  • Apollo Lake Intel® Pentium™
  • Celeron™ N and J series Processors

The vulnerability is related to the flaws in the management firmware that present in these CPUs and allows an attacker to, (among other things), “load and execute arbitrary code outside the visibility of the user and operating system.” Which is not good.

You can read the technical details on Intel’s Security Advisory titled SA-00086 at

Intel has published a Intel SA-00086 software tool for Windows and Linux users at which you can download and run on your computer to detect whether your computer is vulnerable.

Here’s a screenshot of the tool on a machine that is vulnerable

If you’re vulnerable, you will need to update your computer by doing a BIOS update. Intel has posted a support page at  which lists various PC makers (like Dell, Acer, etc) support pages. Most mainstream PC makers have already posted such support pages.

If you’ve gotten a custom built machine, you’ll need to go to your motherboard manufacturer’s website to see if they have a BIOS update.





Save the date and Call for Topics for the Trinidad and Tobago Internet Governance Forum (TTIGF) 2018

Mark your calendar for the second Trinidad and Tobago Internet Governance Forum (TTIGF)! The TTIGF 2018 will be held on Friday January 26th 2018 at the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Columbus Circle, Westmoorings, Trinidad hosted by the Trinidad and Tobago Multistakeholder Advisory Group (TTMAG), of which the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society is a member.

The IGF is a forum for multistakeholder dialogue on public policy issues related to key elements of Internet governance issues, such as the Internet’s sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development.

For TTIGF 2018, You can expect a programme that focuses on Internet Governance issues that are relevant to our local concerns, as well as some of the most pressing international issues. Expect more details to be shared about the TTIGF 2018 in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, if you have a topic you’d like to have considered for a session at the TTIGF 2018, please fill out the form at

You can also check out the highlights from the TTIGF 2017 held on January 26 2017 with videos, photos and reports from that event.

Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society lime on Wednesday September 13 2017 from 7 to 9pm ; please RSVP!

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS ; will be having a lime on Wednesday September 13 2017 from 7pm to 9pm at Wendy’s Cafe located upstairs at Wendy’s Restaurant at the corner of Ana Street & Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook, Port of Spain.

Come join us as we eat and chat about various ICT topics including

Anyone interested in computing and ICT are welcome to attend, however please RSVP to as space is limited.

Draft Trinidad and Tobago National Emergency Communications Plan published for comments


The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM), in collaboration with Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) and the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) are inviting comments on the document titled:

National Emergency Communications Plan

Interested persons are asked to submit comments on this document via TATT’s
Public Consultation Comment Submission Form to the following email address on or before Monday October 2nd, 2017.

The TTCS is considering a comment on this Plan and a draft will be shared in the near future.



Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (CIGF) August 21 to 23 2017 ; participate at local #CIGF2017 hub in Trinidad & Tobago or online

The 13th annual Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (CIGF) is starting today in the British Virgin Islands from Monday August 21 2017 to –  Wednesday August 23 2017 from 8am to 5pm.

Read the updated #CIGF2017 agenda at  (times listed are the same in Trinidad and Tobago).

Some of the topics discussed at #CIGF2017 include

  • net neutrality / Over the Top Services (OTT),
  • community networks
  • cybersecurity,
  • updates from various national Internet Governance Forums (IGF) held in Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Belize, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • updates from IGF and LACIGF
  • advancing Internet Governance (IG) in the Caribbean
  • IPv6

So, how to participate? You can participate in #CIGF2017 :