markjhood2003 writes: Has your CPU's microcode been updated lately? According to Steve Blank of the Wall St. CheatSheet, "Since 2000, Intel has put out 29 microcode updates to their processors. The microcode is distributed by 1) Intel or by 2) Microsoft integrated into a BIOS or 3) as part of a Windows update. Unfortunately, the microcode update format is undocumented and the code is encrypted. This allows Intel to make sure that 3rd parties can’t make unauthorized add-ons to their chips. But it also means that no one can look inside to understand the microcode, which makes it is impossible to know whether anyone is loading a backdoor into your computer." Has the NSA secretly installed undetectable microcode backdoors into your hardware?
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is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth.
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