[Beowulf] Hacked MBs It was only a matter of time

Jeff Johnson jeff.johnson at aeoncomputing.com
Thu Oct 4 08:17:11 PDT 2018

I respectfully disagree. The BMCs in modern server designs are plumbed to
every onboard network interface on the motherboard. So it’s not just a
matter of the “dedicated management port”. The chip would have access to
every onboard LAN. If any network was routable to the outside it would be
potentially be able to engage in its designed activities.

While many HPC environments are walled gardens this chip scandal would
impact “HPC in the cloud” activities.

Just my $.02 worth

On Thu, Oct 4, 2018 at 07:44 Ellis H. Wilson III <ellis at ellisv3.com> wrote:

> On 10/04/2018 09:47 AM, Douglas Eadline wrote:
> My take-away:
> This will only impact systems where there is a route between the wider
> world and the IPMI ports on your servers.

Jeff Johnson
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