Removing IME: Upgrading System76 firmware on Arch
In the wake of the Intel Management Engine security revelations, System76 developed a firmware upgrade for all of its machines and released an update plan in November 2017. In February 2018, owners of the Oryx Pro were informed that the firmware update was available through System76’s open source firmware updater. For anyone not on System76’s Pop!_OS or similar Debian-based distros, this firmware updater probably didn’t do anything. After waiting patiently for a couple of months for more updates and not seeing any fixes, I dug into how I could get things going. Herein lies the easiest way I found.