Anti theft protection of our cherished device.

Buddy buddy.baars at
Sat Jun 30 23:39:54 CEST 2007

You are probably not alone, these things should be disabled by default.

I would chose to install a backdoor (I dislike thieves more than crackers)
but it should be an explicit choice from the user.

On 6/30/07, Ian Stirling <OpenMoko at> wrote:
> Frank Coenen wrote:
> > True. But ones the thief removed your simcard I assume he will flash the
> > firmware... And then the theft-protection will be gone as well :-(
> >
> I've commented on this before.
> The user is not always the owner.
> This is clearest in the theft case.
> It's also a factor when you might want to give phones to employees or
> children.
> If I own the phone, I want the freedom to lock it down so hard that I
> can't get back into it with the debug board if I forget the
> password/phrase.
> And yes, this does imply some things - kernel preventing all access to
> the NAND from all but the root user, DFU/u-boot supporting
> password/passphrase/signed updates, and hardware support.
> Personally, I don't want a back door into the hardware where if someone
> has my phone for 30s, and a properly prepared laptop, they can boot an
> image from RAM with DFU, and install keyloggers/...
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