Madmogone wrote:But on to my question, I now find that I need a more powerfull machine and was waiting to see what the new AMD chipsets would be like, but have just read an article that made me wonder about the new chipsets, in that they are following Intel in using (PSP- platform security processor) like intels rival (IME-Intel management engine), using ARM processors to read what the chips are doing and could then "possibly phone home" with details of what you are doing, this sounds like built in spyware to me. I would appreciate some thoughts on this as to what to do ?.Or I might be worrying over nothing.Eager to hear any and all replies. Cheers.
There were similar controversies for Windows Secure Boot and Red Hat. Nothing bad happened since Windows 8. Well, I mean, in terms of hacking/spyware/viruses. Windows 8 itself was bad, but that's another topic
Sometimes, people in the open-source community tend to demonstrate a little too much orthodoxy toward open-source. What's important for an end-user like me is this:
- does it work as it should?
- is it secure?
- if not secure, can it be easily made secure?
the answer to Intel, AMD and Microsoft new security schemes is yes on all count.
Now, if you are an expert, like many fine people on this board, you know the Unix commands like a Jesuit knows his bible verse and you like building everything you need (computer wise) from scratch, than yeah, the issue i mentioned earlier aren't that important. You're looking at customization more than ease of use, you want freedom to rewrite your BIOS every week-end and change your desktop environment every second Tuesday of the month, than yeah, again, official BIOS aren't for you and PSP and Secure boot are just gimmicks for naive consumers.
Now, is this BIOS spying on you? Very easy to see using any kind of software that monitors your internet traffic. So far no one has found proof Intel or AMD are doing that.
Does it have a backdoor? Actually, all modern boards have a huge backdoor that allow you to bypass any BIOS password. It's called shorting the jumper to reset the BIOS.
Aside that, if you're concerned about security on your computer, you should run it with encrypted drives, with an open-source software like veracrypt.
The most important aspect of the new Ryzen CPUs isn't that the security, it's that they're still extremely buggy.
game performance is below expected values and they still need to work it out with BIOS updates, chipset and gpu driver updates as well as some more work on DX12 and Vulkan API. Also, some chipset like the B350 are just pure crap at this point. The computer takes 10 second to post and there's no coming back from a simple nap, a cold, hard reboot is necessary. Memory speeds aren't guaranteed beyond 3200mhz and they're increasingly unstable above 2400mhz, and really, the chipset does not automatically recognize anything above 2133mhz.
So, if you want to build a new Ryzen computer, don't worry about security, but worry about stability of the platform. And it ain't there yet, at least for the B350. And stay away from MSI motherboard. They make great video cards, but I'll never again be caught at buying one of their boards, even if it means waiting 3 months to get an Asus.