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Microsemi, manufacturer of the ProASIC3 field-programmable gate array (FPGA) that researchers Sergei Skorobogatov and Christopher Woods claim has a highly hackable backdoor, has issued a statement (PDF) about the attack. The statement also casts doubt on the experimental method used to detect the backdoor, as it says the …

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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Microsemi

    The world's most embarrassing name?

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    It's not Microsemi's fault

    From the response PDF, it seems that Microsemi's customers can explicitly dis-able the test feature, or leave the feature working, secured by some who-knows-how-secure-it-really-is method.

    If the company incorporating the ASIC into their product chooses to trust the who-knows-how-secure-it-is method of protecting access to the test feature (e.g. leaves the test feature active, but passcode-'protected'), then the fault lies with that product-maker, and not with Microsemi.

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