NSA releases security-enhanced Android (The H)
Posted Jan 19, 2012 0:12 UTC (Thu) by rqosa
In reply to: NSA releases security-enhanced Android (The H)
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> Not everyone wants to flash their own firmware.
If someone doesn't care whether or not they can install an OS on their own computer, that means they don't care whether or not someone else (e.g. the carrier or the manufacturer) has control over their computer. Those people probably don't care about FLOSS at all — at least, they must not care whether or not they can exercise the rights granted by the software's license.
> It's useful to have exploits to get root access on the stock firmware
But there are Android devices on the market already that are unlocked to the user / owner. Users who care about the cause of promoting "unlocked" / "un-Tivoized" hardware ought to vote with their money in favor of these unlocked devices, rather than finding ways to hack the locked-down ones (thereby economically supporting the user-hostile vendors that lock their devices).
Furthermore, having control over one's own hardware means being able to run any software (that doesn't exceed the hardware resource limits) on it. Preventing people from using SELinux on their own hardware is contrary to giving control to hardware owners (and is likely to give control to malware authors instead of hardware owners).
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