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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Recent Examples on the Web This one's a bit of a doozy though; researchers found a zero day vulnerability affecting 79 Netgear models, affecting firmware dating back to 2007. Brian Barrett, Wired, "Security News This Week: Sneaky New Mac Malware Is Posing as a Flash Installer," 20 June 2020 Clearly, the WD Red's firmware was up to the challenge of handling a conventional RAID rebuild, which amounts to an enormous, very large block sequential write test. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "We put Western Digital’s dreaded SMR Red drive to the test," 5 June 2020 The issue was significant enough that Surface chief Panos Panay himself announced new firmware that solved the Surface Book power issue several months after its launch. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "How Microsoft is testing the Surface Book 3 to avoid past thermal issues," 18 May 2020 Lilin fixed the flaws in mid-February with the release of firmware 2.0b60_20200207. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Critical bugs in dozens of Zyxel and Lilin IoT models under active exploit," 21 Mar. 2020 People shouldn't try to do this themselves, but Hudson hopes the company behind the device will release their own firmware update to the same effect. Brian Barrett, Wired, "Security News This Week: Russian Hackers Went After San Francisco International Airport," 18 Apr. 2020 That's how many PC firmware components remain hackable, according to new research from security firm Eclypsium. Alex Baker-whitcomb, Wired, "New Uber Rules, Bomber-Inspired Jet Design, and More News," 18 Feb. 2020 The researchers’ preference is for ResMed to release its own firmware update that unlocks the ventilator functions. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Medical device “jailbreak” could help solve the dangerous shortage of ventilators," 14 Apr. 2020 Sometimes firmware falls out of date, sometimes default passwords are left on these things by somebody else who set it up. NBC News, "New to telecommuting? Here are 8 rules you should follow.," 11 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of firmware

1967, in the meaning defined above

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“Firmware.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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computers : computer programs that are contained permanently in a device

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