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Submission + - Practical hardware backdooring on Intel architecture (

dgharmon writes: This presentation will demonstrate that permanent backdooring of hardware is practical. We have built a generic proof of concept malware for the intel architecture, Rakshasa, capable of infecting more than a hundred of different motherboards. The first net effect of Rakshasa is to disable NX permanently and remove SMM related fixes from the BIOS, resulting in permanent lowering of the security of the backdoored computer, even after complete earasing of hard disks and reinstallation of a new operating system

Submission + - Android not ready for multi-core? (

dgharmon writes: 'CHIPMAKER Intel has claimed that system-on-chip (SoC) vendors have not done enough to optimise Android for multi-core processors`

"The way it's implemented right now, Android does not make as effective use of multiple cores as it could, and I think — frankly — some of this work could be done by the vendors who create the SoCs, but they just haven't bothered to do it."

"Right now the lack of software effort by some of the folks who have done their hardware implementation is a bigger disadvantage than anything else,"


Submission + - Intel Joins LibreOffice!!! (

dgharmon writes: The month of February is a month to remember for the LibreOffuce project. They formally incorporated the foundation in Berlin, released 3.5 with major changes and now Intel is joining the foundation as a member. Intel will also make available the LibreOffice for Windows from SUSE in Intel AppUp center. Intel AppUp Center is an online repository designed for Intel processor-based devices.

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