said by BosstonesOwn:
Nope, look at intel microcode updates as a prime example, they had to patch microcode to make up for some die errors at some points in production.
There is always the possability of an asic embedded in there to self destruct circuits and such and all it takes is a magic packet to wake it up.
Self-destruct is bad, but less so than continual harvesting of information. I'm glad someone confirmed that this would be possible.
It lends credence to a "known vendors" argument.--
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