If you unlocked your smart phone right now, how many of your apps would need updating? Patches and updates are a regular part of our connected lives. But imagine if every update required you to work with the app maker, phone service provider, phone manufacturer, phone operating system provider, and the dozen or so semiconductor companies that make the electronics in your phone to figure out how to patch the app on your uniquely configured device.
Addressing hardware vulnerabilities requires just this kind of broad collaboration across a huge range of unique environments, usually without the same direct access to end-users that app and software developers enjoy. With all the complexity involved in creating and distributing mitigations for hardware vulnerabilities, it is no surprise the time to develop updates in this arena can be more than the three months usually given to software companies to create fixes.
The big point here is that semiconductor companies that make the brains behind all our modern electronics often face a more challenging situation.Read More