[HARDWARE] PC Killer?

Trei, Peter ptrei at securitydynamics.com
Tue Sep 1 10:36:07 EDT 1998



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> From:	John Price [SMTP:linux-guru at gcfl.net]
> Sent:	Tuesday, September 01, 1998 12:44 AM
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> Subject:	Re: [HARDWARE] PC Killer?
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> Just for the record, there is nothing in the client that can kill your
> processor...  Actually, there is no program that can be written that will
> kill a processor...
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> 
	[Trei, Peter]  
	There are, in fact, malicous programs which can kill
	a PC's hardware. Software which re-writes the EEPROM CMOS 
	settings thousands of times can kill the EEPROM, making 
	the machine unbootable. In some early displays, forcing
	them to a refresh rate higher than that for which they
	were designed could actually cause the CRTs to catch
	fire (yes, an actual HCF (Halt and Catch Fire) 
	instruction).

	Peter Trei





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