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Re: [GNU-linux-libre] Free firmware - A redefinition of the term and a n

From: John Darrington
Subject: Re: [GNU-linux-libre] Free firmware - A redefinition of the term and a new metric for it's measurement.
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 09:42:31 +0100
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On Sun, Feb 12, 2017 at 11:02:29PM -0800, Maxim Cournoyer wrote:
     Christopher Howard <address@hidden> writes:
     > On 02/10/2017 08:31 AM, David Craven wrote:
     >> Hi Maxim
     >>> +1. I don't see how having blobs helps security at all.
     >> Well the problem I was getting at is that things are not as fixed as
     >> they may seem.
     >> Quoting wikipedia:
     >>>> Decreasing cost of reprogrammable devices had almost eliminated the 
market for mask ROM by the year 2000.
     >> Translation: ROM is not RO.
     You have a point, although reading the article linked (from Wired), this
     kind of attack requires a lot of effort (to reverse engineer the
     proprietary interfaces used to reprogram the firmware of a HD). At this
     level of seriousness they might as well find other means to get at
     you, such as physically altering one of the device you use without you

If the attacker *is* vendor who supplies the proprietary device then they would
not have to reverse engineer it.

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