Qualcomm "Snapdragon" Chips Allegedly Riddled With Vulnerabilities

Trend Micro in a blog post is alleging that Qualcomm's "Snapdragon" family of system on a chip computers are riddled with numerous security vulnerabilities, particularly when paired with Google's Android operating system (archived). The continued plagues of leaky abstraction and faux compartmentalization which require ever larger collections of "teams" to design new chips in the popular style as well as the war on computing suggest that we are going to increasingly see security vulnerabilities baked into silicon. Instead of celebrating the death of Moore's law as occasion to move towards saner architectural decisions, the trend appears to be favoring further insanity and a proliferation of nooks and crannies for culturing security holes organically or placing them deliberately.

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