Feds snub open source for 'smart' radios

Ian Stirling OpenMoko at mauve.plus.com
Sat Jul 7 13:25:24 CEST 2007

Joe Pfeiffer wrote:
> Ian Stirling writes:
>>This is _NOT_ security by obscurity.
>>This is an attempt at making transmitters that can do very bad things in 
>>the hands of users harder to obtain.
> You've got some good points (which I've snipped), but it is *exactly*
> security by obscurity.  The released radio can do illegal things, and
> the only thing keeping its owner from programming it to do that is
> keeping the information of how it's programmed from the owner.

It's not security by obscurity if a major barrier to programming it is 
coming up with a way to sign the firmware image.
I was assuming that it is using a signed image.

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