On Tue, 29 Apr 2008, Ivan Krsti?~G wrote: > On Apr 28, 2008, at 12:58 PM, John Denker wrote: > > Of course we should insist on an open-source boot ROM code: > > The boot ROM should check the pgp signature of each PCI card's > > BIOS code before letting it get control. And then it should > > check the pgp signature of the operating system before booting > > it. I don't know of any machine that actually does this > > > The OLPC XO-1 laptop has an open-source bootloader (Open Firmware) which > checks the operating system signature before passing control to it.
If the bootloader is running on malicious hardware I don't think that test can be trusted. :( -- Jonathan Thornburg (remove -animal to reply) <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> School of Mathematics, U of Southampton, England "C++ is to programming as sex is to reproduction. Better ways might technically exist but they're not nearly as much fun." -- Nikolai Irgens