firm·​ware | \ ˈfərm-ˌwer How to pronounce firmware (audio) \

Definition of firmware

: computer programs contained permanently in a hardware device (such as a read-only memory)

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In one instance in the case study, Huawei’s network switch registered a 91% risk percentile for the number of credentials with hard-coded default passwords compared against all of Finite State’s entire firmware data set. Dustin Volz, WSJ, "Huawei Telecom Gear Much More Vulnerable to Hackers Than Rivals' Equipment, Report Says," 25 June 2019 Combined with the malware's firmware-corrupting capability, that suggests the hackers behind the router malware could be preparing a mass disruption that might take down hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian networks simultaneously. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, "Stealthy, Destructive Malware Infects Half a Million Routers," 23 May 2018 In July 2017, security firm Dr. Web reported that its researchers had found Triada built into the firmware of several Android devices, including the Leagoo M5 Plus, Leagoo M8, Nomu S10, and Nomu S20. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Google confirms that advanced backdoor came preinstalled on Android devices," 6 June 2019 Then Bose released a firmware update in the Bose Connect app that made the ANC for the QC 35's customizable too. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "The 7 best deals and sales you can get this Tuesday," 4 June 2019 Researchers found bugs in the firmware of 10 separate devices carried across the major American carriers, according Wired, which saw an early version of Kryptowire’s report. Shoshana Wodinsky, The Verge, "Many Android devices ship with firmware vulnerabilities, researchers find," 10 Aug. 2018 It’s early days for the exploits right now, as there’s no custom firmware available or homebrew tools to make the inevitable widespread piracy and homebrew app support a reality. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Nintendo’s Switch can be hacked to run custom apps and games," 24 Apr. 2018 Netgear has released a beta version of a firmware fix but only for its mesh-networking Orbi routers. Dwight Silverman, Houston Chronicle, "Google's Home, Chromecast products causing Wi-Fi disconnects," 15 Jan. 2018 Switch owners can now easily load digital software purchases onto more than one console following a firmware update that was rolled out last night. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "You can now share your Switch game downloads across consoles," 19 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of firmware

1967, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of firmware

computers : computer programs that are contained permanently in a device

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