[Replicant] [PATCH v2][ 09/11] freedom-privacy-security-issues: clarify the distinction between hardware, and firmwares types.

Paul Kocialkowski contact at paulk.fr
Wed Apr 20 09:42:18 UTC 2016

Le lundi 28 mars 2016 à 20:50 +0200, Denis 'GNUtoo' Carikli a écrit :
> This is to explain why there is a differenciation between
> firmwares loaded by the main CPU, and firmwares that aren't.

I think we should drop this altogether (even though I first introduced something
like this). This brings a personal and subjective appreciation "we wouldn't be
able to tell". I'd like to keep the document objective and avoid addressing
readers directly.

> Signed-off-by: Denis 'GNUtoo' Carikli <GNUtoo at no-log.org>
> ---
>  freedom-privacy-security-issues.php | 1 +
>  1 file changed, 1 insertion(+)
> diff --git a/freedom-privacy-security-issues.php b/freedom-privacy-security-
> issues.php
> index 1e0f2c4..f9a2255 100644
> --- a/freedom-privacy-security-issues.php
> +++ b/freedom-privacy-security-issues.php
> @@ -55,6 +55,7 @@
>  				Firmwares running inside integrated circuits
> are most of the time proprietary.
>  				While free firmwares are hard to write, some
> exist for very specific hardware (e.g. <a href="//www.arduino.cc/">Arduino</a>
> ;, <a href="//dangerousprototypes.com/docs/Bus_Pirate">Bus Pirate</a>) and
> sometimes,  manufacturers can liberate firmwares running in their integrated
> circuits (e.g. <a href="//github.com/qca/open-ath9k-htc-
> firmware">ath9k_htc</a>).
>  				However, it is not always possible to even
> replace those firmwares: some are loaded to the integrated circuit by the main
> CPU, but some others reside in separate storage from where they are loaded by
> that integrated circuit.
> +				In that case, we wound't be able to tell the
> difference with an integrated circuit lacking any storage.
>  				With separate storage, it can be difficult
> (to impossible) to update the firmware to a free replacement.
>  			</p>
>  			<p>
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