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Max The Magnificent
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One problem with outsourcing...
Max The Magnificent   7/4/2013 11:50:19 AM
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Hi Brian -- one problem with outsourcing is not knowing 100% what comes back in. Sometimes all the prime company does is verify the functionality of a complex function that was developed by a third party -- they don't examine the HDL or firmware code line-by-line -- so who knows what "back doors" have been added while no one was looking?

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BrianBailey   7/4/2013 12:06:37 PM
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Very true Max and I know there is a government program lookng at exactly this problem.

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Max The Magnificent   7/5/2013 12:22:57 PM
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Hi Brian, do you have the name (or any other details) about that government program?

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BrianBailey   7/5/2013 5:54:31 PM
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In some respects, is this no different than a software programmer putting in "Easter Eggs". I know the implications could be a lot higher, but I think this has always been happening. Perhaps it is a matter of trusting your supply chain.

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Max The Magnificent   7/5/2013 6:51:22 PM
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@Brian: Perhaps it is a matter of trusting your supply chain.

If I were designing something that needed to be mega-safe (planes, submarines, space probes, industrial control systems ... I wouldn't even trust myself (but then, I know the sort of things I get up to :-)

 

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