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Intel, Kingston Recall SSDs Due to Errors with 256-Bit Encryption by SandForce Controllers.

Started by: tedstoy | Date 06/12/12 04:31:06 PM
Comments: 5 | Last Comment:  11/16/12 11:16:26 AM

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This seems to be a software problem or is it an O/S problem. If it is not hardware related then the onus should revert to the software vendor or the O/S supplier not the hardware manufacturer. It is about time sloppily written closed source software be made to admit their failures. It would be great if their mistakes were to have fiscal repercussions. This might encourage open source software.
0 0 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 06/12/12 04:31:06 PM]
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What are you talking about?

The article clearly says new hardware and software is on the way to fix this problem. If a firmware update would fix this then they wouldnt be offering refunds.

The reason they are only offering the refund on sales up to july 1st is because they will quickly change all the advertising literature to no longer say that it supports 256 bit encryption, that way its not a broken feature.
0 0 [Posted by: cashkennedy  | Date: 06/13/12 07:05:44 PM]
This is about software that runs inside the drive. They advertised some features which have bugs. So it's software from the HW manufacturer which only they can replace and which is bound to the HW and is OS independent.
0 1 [Posted by: mathew7  | Date: 06/14/12 12:26:14 AM]
The drive doesnt have a general purpose cpu, the abilities are mostly hard wired into the silicon to be more efficient / such as the ability to quickly encrypt and the ability to quickly compress data. These 2 tasks are handled much easier by dedicated units in the controller then having them run as software per say on a simple cpu. The article clearly says new HARDWARE and FIRMWARE is on the way to fix the problem.
1 0 [Posted by: cashkennedy  | Date: 06/14/12 04:36:30 PM]
The software that runs inside the drive is called "firmware".
This is a hardware issue. Oh, they need new firmware TOO. But if it was ONLY firmware then they would have simply released a new firmware that fixes the issue (as they have done in the past with other issues) rather then issuing a recall.
0 0 [Posted by: taltamir  | Date: 11/16/12 11:16:26 AM]


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