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

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