Monday, July 27th 2009

Intel X25-M G2 Firmware Bug Locks You Out of BIOS Password Changes

Intel's recently announced X25-M G2 series solid state drives (SSDs) gave the company some good PR for being the industry's first 34 nm NAND-flash based SSD, which intends to lower power consumptions, increase data density, and lower prices along the way. Barely a week into its introduction, it has been diagnosed with a severe firmware-related bug. While this bug does not affect the drive's performance or stability in normal operation, it potentially renders it inoperable under some disturbingly common circumstances.

Intel's SSDs are meant for workstations, servers, portable workstations, and other high-end machines. In an enterprise environment, it's common for administrators or power-users to set a password for the HDD BIOS, and change it periodically as part of security practice. The X25-M G2 apparently doesn't respond well to this change, and is rendered inoperable. For the X25-M G2, if you have set a BIOS HDD password, you're advised not to change or disable it. If you don't have one in place, do not set one. Intel is correcting the issue in firmware and will be posting a firmware update shortly.

Source: PC Perspective
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13 Comments on Intel X25-M G2 Firmware Bug Locks You Out of BIOS Password Changes

#1
jamesrt2004
kind of a bad mistake on intel's part, but nice to know there doing a recall etc... and tbh im sure not many, if any actually set bios passwords for home computers so we should all be ok (not that I think anyones had time to buy one yet :P)
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#4
W1zzard
does pcper talk about bios passwords or hdd passwords?
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#5
btarunr
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by: W1zzard
does pcper talk about bios passwords or hdd passwords?
BIOS HDD password.
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#6
lemonadesoda
...life at the bleeding edge.

Thanks for the news/warning.
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#7
Mussels
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well thats a weird bug - you can kinda understand intel missing that one in testing.
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#8
tastegw
by: Mussels
well thats a weird bug - you can kinda understand intel missing that one in testing.
as big as intel is, they dont have an excuse not to test it in every way possible.
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#9
Meecrob
its not a bug, is a feature!!!
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#10
1nvisible
Hahah, i knew SSD's weren't ready for prime time, so many flaws, sorry i'll stick with my F1's

FYI: People selling Corsair SSD on eBay like sand cause it can't multitask.
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#11
Mussels
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by: tastegw
as big as intel is, they dont have an excuse not to test it in every way possible.
who the hell would think that a hard drive could cause issues with a password BIOS? seriously.
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#12
Meecrob
I told you, its not a bug, its a FEATURE!!!! ;)
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#13
Static~Charge
by: jamesrt2004
kind of a bad mistake on intel's part, but nice to know there doing a recall etc...
Actually, Intel isn't doing a recall. They're doing a firmware update to fix the problem.
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