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Re: Eliminating closed source?

Subject: Re: Eliminating closed source?
From: Joerg Sonnenberger
Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2009 15:38:50 UTC
Newsgroups: fa.netbsd.tech.kern

On Tue, Jun 23, 2009 at 10:49:38AM -0400, der Mouse wrote:
> Closed-source microcode that can be rewritten by software (eg,
> reflashable BIOS, downloadable disk microcode, etc) is actually the
> kind that bothers me most: it means that once cracked the entire
> machine is fairly permanently untrustworthy.

If you look at most drivers with microcode in the kernel, you will find
out that they have no EEPROM at all. E.g. take a look at most WiFi
chipsets: the microcode is loaded to RAM only. The most basic reason for
this is to save a few cent per device...

Joerg

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