Someone in #bitcoin earlier shared a link from 2013 demonstrating persisting a compromise via disk firmware that was loadable from a running system over SATA. Keep that in mind when thinking about clicking suspicious links! :)
after watching a video about kernel fuzzing finding thousands of bugs (most still unfixed) I'm not surprised that firmware/drivers are still a large source of exploits
I think fuzzing found like 20 externally exploitable bugs in the USB stack the first time they turned it on
makes me want to try that redox rust OS...
ah, it seems this is solved by just generating one block before executing this test case to get out of ibd. I guess bitcoind just makes the assumption we are in IBD if we are at the genesis block