It seems that Bitmain’s latest firmware has a new weakness. According to the Twitter user James Hilliard, Bitmain tried and failed to lock down the S15 firmware.
He mentioned that he identified the vulnerability and the security researcher and developer White Rabbit, tested the attack code.
Hilliard explains that he will only reveal the vulnerabilities only if Bitmain submits and complies with GNL License. This license is a copyleft license that allows users to share and change the versions of a program to make it sure it remains free for all users.
@BITMAINtech tried and failed to lock down the S15 firmware, I identified the vulnerability and @00whiterabbit wrote/tested the attack code. Once @BITMAINtech complies with the GPL licenses for the firmware I will disclose the vulnerability to them so that they can fix it. pic.twitter.com/zwsAaPQjRL
— James Hilliard (@james_hilliard) February 12, 2019
In a Reddit post, he says that the firmware seems to be buggy and that it is important for users to be able to fix these bugs. The AntMiner S15 has a hash rate of 28 TH/s and it consumes 1596 of energy.
Bitmain is the largest company in the crypto mining industry. Although it has been affected by several issues during the last year, including the bear market in the space, the firm remains the dominant one in the mining space.
This problem seems not to be something easy to solve for Bitmain, that can see its sales drop in the near future and its profits shrink.
Bitmain tried and failed to lock down the Antminer S15 firmware, I identified the vulnerability and @00whiterabbit wrote/tested the attack code. Once Bitmain complies with the GPL licenses for the firmware I will disclose the vulnerability to them so that they can fix it. from Bitcoin
The mining firm has recently closed two offices, one in Amsterdam and another one in Israel. At the same time, Haichao Wang has replaced Jihan Wu as the CEO of the company. This shows that the firm is currently experiencing a period of changes that seem to be affecting the performance of the firm as a whole.
It is also a good opportunity for other mining companies to start entering the market and attract new investors. At the same time, those firms that are already operating in the market could be able to increase their presence in the ASIC mining space.