The new driver for these chips from ftdi, delivered through a recent windows update, reprograms the usb pid to 0, something windows, linux, and os x dont like. Ftdi admits to bricking innocent users chips in silent update zdnet. This driver is not compatible with the scusb interface note. Microsoft have ended support for certifying xp and vista through their whck test program. Ftdi yanks chip bricking driver from windows update, vows to fight on. Chip manufacturer ftdi has admitted that a silent update they issued has been used to brick clones of their fgti ft232 chips.
If theyd bothered to write their own windows driver this never would have happened. Oct 22, 2014 it also makes ftdi chips that do one and only one thing communicate with the ftdi driver. The responsibility of this hardware is to tell your pc what it is using some identification information such that your computer can load the right driver for it, and also to manage the data transactions with the pc thereon after look up usb endpoints for a better explanation of these processes. Semiconductor company future technology devices international ftdi, which in 2014 was caught out bricking products built using knockoff chips, has again been accused of fooling around with device drivers. Oct 29, 2014 a driver update published in windows update has resulted in counterfeit chips used in finished products being left inoperable. The ft232 is an extremely common chip found in various electronic. Instead of bricking fake chips, the latest ftdi drivers will inject garbage data into a circuit. The newest functionality to the ftdi driver released through a windows update merely injects. The scottish company future technology devices international ftdi released an updated version of their usbtoserial driver for windows on their website late september and last month the driver became available via microsoft windows update. Ftdi drivers and counterfeit chips news sparkfun electronics. At first the clones stopped working with the official drivers, and now they are being intentionally bricked, rendering the device useless. Ftdi windows driver bricks counterfeit chips, ftdi pulls.
It is used to allow a pc, using the usb bus, to communicate with mcu chip on some models of arduino. Usb boarduino arduino compatible kit watmega328 v2. Nov 25, 2014 i doubt anyone missed the recent ftdi driver controversy. Windows update drivers bricks counterfeit ftdi chips. Virtual com port vcp drivers and direct d2xx drivers. Chip company ftdi accused of bricking counterfeits again.
These counterfeits obviously dont work the same as they get bricked. Ftdi drivers and counterfeit chips sparkfun electronics. Feb 08, 2015 the bricking windows driver worked by setting the usb pid on fake chips to 0000. Install the driver before plugging the cable into your computer.
I doubt anyone missed the recent ftdi driver controversy. In one of the recent windows updates, ftdi have pushed an update that sets the product id of any counterfeit chip connected to a windows pc with that new driver to zero, effectively bricking the chip. Users who manually downloaded the new drivers reported problems. Its the fault of the counterfeit chip for using an ftdi usb id in order to use the ftdi windows driver. If it is a new version like 162016 than you are affected by ftdigate 2. Usb rs232 ftdi designs and supplies usb semiconductor devices with legacy support including royaltyfree drivers. This removes every single instance of the ftdi drivers. Oct 22, 2014 ftdi driver work just fine with chips that are 100% the same as ftdis chips are. This renders the chip inaccessible from any os, effectively bricking any device that happens to have one of these fake ftdi serial chips. Ftdi yanks chipbricking driver from windows update, vows to. You could technically write a driver that would work with the counterfeit chips even with a pid of 0x0000. Back in october 2014, the company shipped a device driver that checked the authenticity of usb chips claiming to be ftdi.
Ftdi removes driver from windows update that bricked cloned chips ftdi driver breaks hardware again. Connecting a fake ftdi serial chip to a computer running the latest windows driver will output non genuine device found. The company is an indirect descendant of computer design concepts ltd, a former semiconductor technology startup, founded by dart. The scottish design firm ftdi has used windows update to push a malicious driver that identifies counterfeit chips modeled after ftdis design. Unbrick your nongenuine ftdi device 2016 january electropit. Ftdi is a company future technology devices international limited. Ftdi drivers may be distributed in any form as long as license information is not modified. Chip company ftdi accused of bricking counterfeits again the. If a custom vendor id andor product id or description string are used, it is the responsibility of the product manufacturer to maintain any changes and subsequent whck re. In a move that has surprised and angered security researchers, chip maker ftdi has admitted to issuing a silent update that bricks. Critics felt that ftdi s actions were unethical, considering that users may be unaware that their chips were counterfeit, or that windows had automatically installed a driver meant to disable them. Ftdi is intentionally bricking devices using competitors chips. Ftdi drivers brick counterfeit chips with latest windows. The drivers can be obtained directly from ftdi, or they can be downloaded by windows automatically, through windows update.
This was apparently going on for a while, but only now is the driver being pushed as an automatic update through windows update, thus many more. It is ftdi s driver designed to work with ftdi s chips. In their statement, ftdi ceo fred dart said, the recently release driver release has now been remove. The driver in question is for a line of usbtoserial chips designed by scottish firm ftdi. The device is as bricked as ever because the ftdi driver wont communicate with it. For most of these operating systems two types of driver are available. Ftdi deployed a driver update through windows update. I think people are overlooking the driver aspect of this. Semiconductor company future technology devices international ftdi, which in 2014 was caught out bricking products built using knockoff chips, has again been accused of fooling around with. Application areas include usb rs232, usb serial, usb parallel, usb docking stations, and upgrades of legacy designs to usb.
About in october 2014, ftdi released a new driver for their popular usb to uart devices e. Feb 01, 2016 the problem is that ftdi ist taking it out on the customer, and hoping that the ftdi driver bricked my board somehow gets those customers to 1 realize that the problem is a counterfeit chip, 2 work their way up the supply chain until they find the party at fault or get the supply chain to take care of the problem, and 3 manage to get. Oct 23, 2014 ftdi admits to bricking innocent users chips in silent update. Sep 01, 2015 ftdi some time back started bricking counterfeit ftdi chips unfortunately some of use have bought ftdi adapters thinking they were legit only to have them not work correctly. Ftdi used a recent windows update to deliver the driver update to brick all cloned ftdi ft232s. Application areas include usb rs232, usb serial, usb parallel, usb docking stations and upgrades of legacy designs to usb. How to unbrick ftdi based arduino nano internet of home. A driver update from the scottish electronics firm ftdi that intentionally bricked usb devices with counterfeit ftdi chips has been removed. Ftdi drivers may be used only in conjunction with products based on ftdi parts. Windows update drivers bricking usb serial chips beloved. The fake ftdi chip will work more or less under linux. Ftdi, creator of a popular line of usbtoserial chips used by hardware hackers and embedded in a number of consumer devices the world over, is using a driver update to crush counterfeiters by. Oct 24, 2014 ftdi yanks chip bricking driver from windows update, vows to fight on next driver to battle fake chips with noninvasive methods by neil mcallister in san francisco 24 oct 2014 at 19.
Ftdi admits to bricking innocent users chips in silent. Download ftdi chipset drivers or install driverpack solution software for driver scan and update. However unless you bought the cable direct from ftdi there is now a significant risk of it being bricked by a driver update that is included with windows update. In the meantime the driver will not any more brick the chip but do something different. As you can see from the datasheet, that particular chip is a usb uart chip. Ftdi removes driver from windows update that bricked. For the second time, ftdi released a driver published to windows. Dave breaks down ftdigate, and rants about ftdi s official response. Oct 23, 2014 the new driver for these chips from ftdi, delivered through a recent windows update, reprograms the usb pid to 0, something windows, linux, and os x dont like. The following adafruit products use genuine ftdi chips, either we purchase them or they are manufactured to our specifications with the requirement of genuine ftdi chips.
This was apparently going on for a while, but only now is the driver being pushed as an. Oct 23, 2014 they just dont work with the ftdi drivers anymore it is ftdi s driver. Ftdi yanks chip bricking driver from windows update, vows to fight on next driver to battle fake chips with noninvasive methods by neil mcallister in san francisco 24 oct 2014 at 19. Jan 31, 2016 semiconductor company future technology devices international ftdi, which in 2014 was caught out bricking products built using knockoff chips, has again been accused of fooling around with. Unbrick arduino ftdi fix driver update win7 arduino nano. After a public outcry, the update was removed from windows update.
If this happened to you, there is a process for restoring the original ids. Oct 26, 2014 ftdi appears to have used a recent windows update to deliver the driver update to brick all cloned ftdi ft232s. Ftdi admits to bricking innocent users chips in silent update in a move that has surprised and angered security researchers, chip maker ftdi has admitted to issuing a silent update that bricks. The chips exist in many different devices and it is essentially impossible to determine which chips are genuine and which are not.
What this driver actually does is a simple reprogram of the usb pid to 0, rendering the chip dead. Oct 24, 2014 after a year, we have the latest update to ftdi gate. Continue reading download and run cdmuninstaller from ftdi utilities, click add to add the device to the list and click remove devices. Its unclear at this time how the ftdi driver identifies counterfeit chips. When ftdi detects a counterfeit device, it simply refuses to operate with it. A version prior to the one ftdi released to brick nongenuine chips.
The 2nd half of this video includes the original rant video before ftdi responded and withdrew their new driver. Ftdis surprise new driver reprograms the usb pid to 0, killing the chips instantly. Ftdi chipset drivers download for windows 7, xp, 10, 8. I have previously advocated using ftdi serial usb cables for interfacing with pics.
Update 102414 8am et ftdi has issued a statement and is updating the drivers. Ftdi s chips are incredibly popular in this space, as just about every microcontroller and embedded. Chipmaker deliberately cripples user devices with driver. Ftdis initial products were chipsets for personal computer motherboards, the primary customer of which was ibm, which used them in its ambra and ps1. I get lumped with a bunch of devices that get bricked by ftdis drivers. Windows update drivers bricking usb serial chips beloved of. Ftdi abuses windows update, pushing driver that breaks.
Providing hardwaresoftware that is interoperable with other hardwaresoftware by making use or reproducing an api is perfectly legal, so i can sell a chip that is ftdi driver compatible and be perfectly with in legal bounds, ftdi intentionally bricking that device imo could be criminally illegal, it is certainly unethical, and it is clear. Its not bricking at all just the chip id is changed so that the official drivers wont load automatically anymore. In order to restore the original functionality to the ftdi chip, an older version of the driver must be installed. Mar, 2015 unbrick bricked ftdi chip last year around october, ftdi, the manufacturer of the popular usb to serial converter used by many arduinos released a driver 2.
Ftdi yanks chipbricking driver from windows update, vows. It just lets the driver always send repeated this is not a genuine product to any serial listener. Ftdi removes driver from windows update that bricked cloned chips. It seems that the infamous ftdi driver that got famous by intentionally bricking counterfeit chips note. Yes there are fake ftdi chips out there, but bricking.
Oct 24, 2014 the hardware hackers at hack a day reported that a recent driver update deployed over windows update is bricking cloned versions of the very common ftdi ft232 usb to uart chip. Last night, ftdi, a scottish manufacturer of usbtoserial ics, posted a response to the ongoing debacle over its allegedly intentional bricking of competitors chips. Ft232 that bricks nongenuine ftdi chips by nulling the productid. Chip company ftdi silently bricking clone chips eteknix. Chipmaker ftdi has pulled a driver from windows update that could brick devices containing knockoff versions of its usbtoserial bridge chips, but says it wont back down on its aggressive anticounterfeiting stance. This has had the electronics and maker communities up in arms, because you cant really choose whether to buy a real or a counterfeit chip. What people typically refer to in this context is the ftdi ft232rl chip. The scottish company future technology devices international ftdi released an updated version of their usbtoserial driver for windows on their website late september and last month the driver became.1396 1144 25 281 845 1024 142 402 313 1438 987 441 116 384 775 315 968 1138 888 1343 527 1165 1037 660 421 1267 1413 977 660 1417 187 1102 435 892 413 1444 1447 389 955 1457