Revealed: The 10 worst hardware security flaws in 2021

MITRE, which publishes a list of top software vulnerabilities in conjunction with US Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), has now published a list of the most important hardware weaknesses, too.

MITRE publishes the the Common Weakness Enumeration (CWE) for software flaws, but this year has run a survey to create its first ever equivalent list for hardware flaws. 

The 2021 Hardware List aims to boost awareness of common hardware flaws and to prevent hardware security issues by educating designers and programmers on how to eliminate important mistakes early in the product development lifecycle.

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“Security analysts and test engineers can use the list in preparing plans for security testing and evaluation. Hardware consumers could use the list to help them to ask for more secure hardware products from their suppliers. Finally, managers and CIOs can use the list as a measuring stick of progress in their efforts to secure their hardware and ascertain where to direct resources to develop security tools or automation processes that mitigate a wide class of vulnerabilities by eliminating the underling root cause,” MITRE said. 

The list was determined by a

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