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Vulnerabilities in chips in 37% of smartphones

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Vulnerabilities in chips in 37% of smartphones


@nicce 3 hours

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Somehow firmware updates should be enforced by consumers.

It doesn’t help, that there are so many different smartphone vendors, and the most of them are pursuiting only for sales. New chips are coming constantly, and old ones get forgotten, left unpatched.

Is the future of the smartphone market of secure phones only in the hands of big ones (Apple et al)?

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@Scoundreller 8 hours

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I guess they didn’t look hard enough at the other 63%

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@kumarski 6 hours

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The time for open source chips is now.

Efabless.com

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@1cvmask 8 hours

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There are so many attack vectors now on phones ranging from the SIM Card (which has an OS as well) to all the baseband chips to the actual OS and the different app privileges (like the old SMS listening port).

What's interesting to me about the Taiwanese tech industry is their nimbleness and how MediaTek pivoted from a primarily DVD chip maker to dumb phone chip provider running on Pluto OS to now a smartphone chipmaker. Surprised the folks at Intel never tried to acquire them.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MediaTek

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