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HPE warns of impending SSD disk doom – Naked Security

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Techies are used to worrying about the longevity of their data storage. Hard drive heads used to have a nasty habit of crashing before laptops introduced software to protect them from drops and power surges. ‘Data rot‘ can damage your DVD storage, and magnetic tape can suffer as its substrates and binders degrade.

But what about the firmware, which contains the instructions for reading and writing from the media in the first place? That’s now an issue too, thanks to HPE. It had to recall some of its solid-state drives (SSDs) last week after it found that they were inadvertently programmed to fail.

The company released a critical firmware patch for its serial-attached SCSI (SAS) SSDs, after revealing that they would permanently fail by default after 32,768 hours of operation. That’s right: assuming they’re left on all the time, three years, 270 days, and eight hours after you write your first bit to one of these drives, your records and the disk itself will become unrecoverable.

The company explained the problem in an advisory, adding that an unnamed SSD vendor tipped it off about the issue. These drives crop up in a range of HPE products. If you’re a HPE ProLiant, Synergy, Apollo, JBOD D3xxx, D6xxx, D8xxx, MSA, StoreVirtual 4335, or StoreVirtual 3200 user and you’re using a version of the HP firmware before HPD8, you’re affected.