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About ten years ago I was involved in replacing some gear that had been in service since the 1980s and was based on the 1802 microprocessor. If you grabbed one of the devices (or bought on on eBay) you could pull the ROM and if you studied the ROM you could find a "hidden" password the vendor had put into place in case customers locked themselves out of the device.

Ultimately that vulnerability was what led to them being replaced, not failures or obsolescence itself.

Of course the recent attack that exploited Windows XP vulnerabilities that were still in place because upgrades and migration can be painful in certain environments have also changed the playing field when it comes to cybersecurity on "vintage" assets.


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