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Bug#498631: marked as done (binary firmware in drivers/net/cassini.h)

Your message dated Sun, 22 Feb 2009 23:34:12 +0000
with message-id <1235345652.2832.76.camel@hashbaz.i.decadent.org.uk>
and subject line Re: binary firmware in drivers/net/cassini.h
has caused the Debian Bug report #498631,
regarding binary firmware in drivers/net/cassini.h
to be marked as done.

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Package: linux-2.6
Version: 2.6.26-5
Severity: serious


drivers/net/cassini.h (licensed under GPLv2+) contains two chunks of
binary firmware, such as:

/* firmware patch for NS_DP83065 */
typedef struct cas_saturn_patch {
        u16 addr;
        u16 val;
} cas_saturn_patch_t;

#if 1
cas_saturn_patch_t cas_saturn_patch[] = {
{0x8200,    0x007e}, {0x8201,    0x0082}, {0x8202,    0x0009},

Each of them amounts to 2254 bytes, and there's no corresponding source code.

It's worth noting that the second chunk is #ifdef'ed out and not actually
used for anything.

Since this file is licensed under GPL, this could make it illegal to
redistribute it.

In either case, the presence of source-less binary code is a violation
of DFSG #2 requirement for source code availability.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: lenny/sid
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.18-6-amd64 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=ca_AD.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=ca_AD.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash

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Version: 2.6.28-1

Of the 13 drivers with sourceless firmware blobs I was aware of in the
lenny kernel, several have had the firmware moved to the firmware
directory and stripped out in 2.6.28-1:

- 2.6.27: dabusb, dsp56k, kaweth, whiteheat
- 2.6.28: cassini

The remaining sourceless blobs should be stripped out of Debian kernel
packages from 2.6.29 onwards.  The dsp56k firmware will be reinstated
since its source is included.


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