Re: GPLv3 Position Statement

From: Alan Cox
Date: Wed Sep 27 2006 - 18:37:56 EST

Ar Mer, 2006-09-27 am 13:41 -0700, ysgrifennodd Linus Torvalds:
> I think the hatred of pins became so high that it became almost
> unacceptable for motherboard designers to add them on PC's. Nobody wants
> to open their case any more ;)

Actually some of the smarter ones wired it to the SMM indications in the
chipset so that only BIOS controlled SMM management code can do the
update and that does checksumming or basic very crude crypto type

Fortunately the thought of a slammer equivalent that erases the firmware
isn't something most vendors want to risk their stock price and business


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