I Brick Your Chip

Driver Update Disables Counterfeit Chips

by Jim Turley

It sounds like something out of a spy thriller. A piece of security software, masquerading as a routine driver update, sniffs out enemy chips and terminates them with extreme prejudice. There is no fix; the chip, and everything it’s connected to, is bricked.

Sneaky, huh? And not really all that hard to implement. With nearly everything connected “to the cloud,” it’s easy to insert new software remotely. And we’re all accustomed to downloading and installing new drivers every few weeks, so there’s nothing suspicious that would tip anyone off.

Except…

The case this week involves FTDI, a company that makes popular and inexpensive USB-interface chips. You’ve probably got one inside some device nearby, or you’ve used FTDI chips in your own designs.  Read More


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I Brick Your Chip

Posted on 10/30/14 at 1:36 AM by Noam

Well done FTDI. I just hope they made sure that the end users knew what went wrong.

End users who bought a device claimed to be legitimate, should ask/sue the seller for a replacement or money-back since the end product is faulty.
The seller should al…

I Brick Your Chip

Posted on 10/29/14 at 11:10 AM by dougwithau

I also feel FTDI did no wrong here.
Really they were lucky they could tell the difference between their chip and the counterfeits, and could disable them.
Far worse are counterfeits that identify themselves as larger or better memories, but really are …

I Brick Your Chip

Posted on 10/29/14 at 10:47 AM by TotallyLost

TotallyLost
As long as things continue to work, then people can sell counterfits and make a huge profit, as long as they continue to work.

I think FTDI did the right thing ... I think every vendor that has that ability should do it.

There is NOTHING better to s…

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