Silicon-level backdoor found in military FPGA

This paper describes a backdoor embedded in the silicon, not firmware, of a family of FPGAs used in military and industrial applications. The authors propose that a worm could be constructed to extract a key which can then be used to reprogram the device. Of course, hilarity then ensues, ranging from device self-destruction to the introduction of stealthy trojans.

Coming on the heels of the Flame malware, this is a great reminder of just how hard it is to field secure systems.

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