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A Song of Music Causes Computers to Crash

A Song of Music Causes Computers to Crash
A Song of Music Causes Computers to Crash
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The soundtrack to Janet Jackson ‘s 1989 pop hit Rhythm Nation was deemed an exploit for the cybersecurity vulnerability after Microsoft reported it could crash old laptops. “A colleague of mine shared a story from Windows XP product support , ” says Microsoft blogger Raymond Chen . said.

The story detailed that “a major computer manufacturer discovered that playing Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation music track would crash certain laptop models.” Further investigation revealed that multiple manufacturers’ machines also crashed. Sometimes playing the track on one laptop could also crash another laptop nearby . It’s a mystery because the song isn’t actually all that bad.

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A Song of Music Causes Computers to Crash

The Problem Is Caused By The Computers’ Hard Disk Drive

Investigation revealed that all crashed laptops shared the same 5400 RPM hard disk drive. “It was noticed that the song included one of the natural resonant frequencies for the model of 5400 RPM laptop hard drives that they and other manufacturers use ,” Chen said . said.

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Finding the problem, the manufacturer added a special filter to the audio line to detect and remove annoying frequencies during audio playback.

A few modern machines have hard disk drives, and there aren’t many drives running at a slow speed of 5400 revolutions per minute, which is not suitable for today’s technology . Besides, not many people listen to Janet Jackson anymore. Yet The Register is reporting this news because The Miter Corporation has chosen to list this piece in its Register of Common Vulnerabilities (CVEs), the definitive list of cybersecurity vulnerabilities we all need to watch out for.

 

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