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Re: Mass bug filing: Cryptographic protection against modification

Chad Walstrom wrote:

>This isn't so hypothetical.  I ran into problems trying to install an
>"unsanctioned" mini-pci wireless card in an IBM T30, only to find that
>the BIOS refused to allow me to boot into an operating system until the
>card was removed.  I was not a happy camper.  If IBM is willing to do
>this at the BIOS level, what's to say that a video card manufacturer
>isn't willing to do this for their MPEG/2 encoder (loadable) firmware?

Off-topic really, but
http://www.srcf.ucam.org/~mjg59/thinkpad/wireless.html . It's a fairly
trivial BIOS hack in that case.

Matthew Garrett | mjg59-chiark.mail.debian.devel@srcf.ucam.org

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