8-bit AVR Microcontrollers

Consideration While Updating Boot Loader Section (BLS)

Special care must be taken if the user allows the Boot Loader Section (BLS) to be updated by leaving Boot Lock bit11 unprogrammed. An accidental write to the Boot Loader itself can corrupt the entire Boot Loader, and further software updates might be impossible. If it is not necessary to change the Boot Loader software itself, it is recommended to program the Boot Lock bit11 to protect the Boot Loader software from any internal software changes.