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Re: about smartcards (Re: TPM support status ?)

From: decoder
Subject: Re: about smartcards (Re: TPM support status ?)
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2009 20:35:34 +0200
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Robert Millan wrote:
SmartCards are a single-purpose device.  Users don't install software in them,
You don't install software in a TPM module either.
and they don't have any user interface (other than a button or so) that could
be used to implement DRM
This is wrong. Smartcards of course have a an interface to interact with them. It is even a not so small subset of what TPM provides.

And yes, you could use a Smartcard to do DRM.

, so it's not an issue if their owners can't modify
their firmware (which could even be in a ROM).
The TPM can't modify anything either. A TPM is a _passive_ crypto module.

Best regards,


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