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An "enum" for Python 3
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A look at the PyPy 2.0 release
First, if there's a rootkit in the current firmware then you're screwed. Permanently.
Second, if there's no rootkit in the current firmware but you still can reprogram the hardware then you are just as screwed as ever.
Third, if there's a hardware vulnerability then there's no way you'll be able to fix it by updating the firmware.
Papering over a binary blob
Posted Oct 3, 2011 8:16 UTC (Mon) by pbonzini (subscriber, #60935)
The microcontroller indirection is asking the vendor to put himself on the same level as their users. If the users cannot prepare updates, neither should the vendor. If the vendor can, so should the users.
Firmware is where a lot of interesting stuff happens for many network cards. Freedom of firmware is nowadays what freedom of OSes and drivers was when Stallman wrote the GNU manifesto. He won that front, why should he resign to vendors on this one?
Posted Oct 6, 2011 15:11 UTC (Thu) by renox (subscriber, #23785)
How is-it "asking the vendor"?
If the vendor find an issue in their current firmware and release an upgrade, and the users cannot upgrade the firmware due to the "microcontroller indirection", the vendor will just say "you chose to remove the possibility to update the firmware, that's your problem now".
Note that for the firmware of a radio HW, this could even lead your products to be banned..
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