Security in OpenMoko
Mikkel Meyer Andersen
openmoko at mikl.dk
Wed Oct 3 20:44:00 CEST 2007
First of all I'll like to say hello to all. I'm quite new at the
OpenMoko-thingie (a Neo 1973 is on the way although - waiting with
patience), so I hope you'll bear with me for minor (and major :-)) mistakes.
And now to the actual subject: is every application on OpenMoko running
For a couple of weeks ago I wrote a post on this matter on my blog 
and just today I saw that iPhone had exactly that flaw .
Allow me to quote myself partly from a mail to Sean Moss Pultz about
this  sent 17th of September 2007, and partly to refer to me writing
about it at the discussion site for the wiki .
I don't hope that I've offended anyone, that was certainly not the
purpose. I just think security is a huge point of interest and should
draw a sufficient amount of focus from us developers.
Mikkel Meyer Andersen aka. mikl-dk
Triggered by the question whether every execution of an application is
done by the root-user, I started to wondering about the security in
OpenMoko in general. Actually I found very little - near to nothing -
about it, and I personally think that's inappropriate for this project.
We simply have to focus very much on security so that isn't going to be
a pitfall. So please, let's focus on this! If desired, I'll be glad to
join such a "task-force". Many other manufactures don't focus that much
on security, and one is starting to talk about viruses on mobile phones
and so on. I think it's very important to make security an issue in
OpenMoko. (It could be a small-scale solution known from *nix such as
the daily use was under a normal user account and the root account was
required in order to install applications and change certain system
settings; and the root should have a password - or maybe even use sudo
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