Janet Jackson’s song may cause old laptops to crash

In a noteworthy report, a Microsoft engineer claimed that the musical power of Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation” is capable of shattering old laptops.

This is especially true for laptops from the Windows XP period, with hard drives operating at 5400 rpm. And who can’t compete with the rhythms of Janet Jackson’s 1989 song Rhythm Nation.

in his blog Microsoft engineer Raymond Chen wrote that the song and music video have a frequency that matches that of hard drives, causing crashes. This is resolved in laptops by applying an audio filter that blocks these frequencies.

official error

It sounds a little fishy, ​​especially in the midst of a recession, but the vulnerability has been given an official CVE number, which is assigned to everything from zero-day bugs to legacy exploits. By the way, in this case, the CVE-2022-38392 vulnerability may crash not only the laptop on which the song is played, but also other nearby laptops.

However, it is a security vulnerability that is currently difficult to reproduce. Chen does not mention which “major manufacturer” makes the laptops in question, and even then it becomes difficult to find 20-year-old laptops with specific hard drives. Moreover, the song is no longer so popular that the error often occurs “in the wild”.

This is especially true for laptops from the Windows XP period, with hard drives operating at 5400 rpm. And so they can’t beat the rhythms of Janet Jackson’s 1989 hit “Rhythm Nation.” On his blog, Microsoft engineer Raymond Chen wrote that the song and music video have a frequency that matches that of the HDD, causing crashes. This is resolved in laptops by applying an audio filter that blocks these frequencies. It sounds a little fishy, ​​especially in the midst of a recession, but the vulnerability has been given an official CVE number, which is assigned to everything from zero-day bugs to legacy exploits. By the way, in this case, the CVE-2022-38392 vulnerability may crash not only the laptop on which the song is played, but also other nearby laptops. However, it is a security vulnerability that is currently difficult to reproduce. Chen does not mention which “major manufacturer” makes the laptops in question, and even then it becomes difficult to find 20-year-old laptops with specific hard drives. Moreover, the song is no longer so popular that the error often occurs “in the wild”.

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