HPE’s enterprise-class SSDs contain a time bomb. HPE issued an emergency security notice stating that some of its SSDs would stop working after 32,768 hours or 3 years, 270 days and 8 hours after power-up time due to defective firmware, and that the data in the hard drive would be lost and unrecoverable, while the working SSD would stop working at almost the same time.
The customer must update the firmware before the time bomb is detonated, or the hard drive and data will be completely damaged. Affected models include: HPE ProLiant, Synergy, Apollo, JBOD D3xxx, D6xxx, D8xxx, MSA, StoreVirtual 4335, and StoreVirtual 3200. Based on the 32768 figure, it is assumed that the hard disk controller may have stored the power-on time in a 16-bit integer. The maximum value of a 16-digit is 32768, which becomes negative.