Intel closes secret "back door"

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Intel closes secret "back door"

Intel is grappling with a security hole on one of its special-purpose server appliances that could let a hacker delete files or even take control of a user’s email functions.

The vulnerability occurs on Intel’s InBusiness Email Station, a dedicated e-mail server appliance.

Intel deliberately equipped the Email Station with a “back door” to let the manufacturer take over the server in the event the customer was having serious problems, an Intel spokeswoman said. Widespread knowledge of the door, however, raises security issues.

Intel says it will publish code on its support Web site that will close the back door.

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