Re: [DRAFT] resolving DFSG violations
On Thu, 2008-10-30 at 13:23 -0400, Michael Casadevall wrote:
> I have some experience with radios. The FCC requires all radios to be
> certified before they can be sold, and there is a requirement that you
> must not make a device that is easily modifiable to operate outside
> the limits put forth by the FCC. In this case, it would be illegal to
> release the firmware's source code since it would violate the FCC
> rules, violate and void the radio's certification (and this also
> applies to Wifi/Bluetooth devices).
The mere fact that the firmware can be loadable--with or without source
code--means that it can be easily modified. The ease of modification is
not about the obfuscation of the blob, but about the mere fact that it
can be loaded.