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That's probably right - they must have forgotten about that ...
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2006 13:21:46 -0400
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From: Randall <rvh40 () insightbb com>
Date: April 10, 2006 11:28:32 AM EDT
To: Dave <dave () farber net>, Dewayne Hendricks <dewayne () warpspeed com>
Subject: That's probably right - they must have forgotten about that ...
(LotoLinks and a few Pics @ the site)
Monday, April 10, 2006 at 11:24 AM EDT
Did Intel Forget to Mention that Palladium/Trusted Computing DRM is
Embedded in New Intel Macs?
April 8, 2006
By Alice Hill
This week the world rejoiced. Mac users could run Windows XP or OSX and
switch between them with the newly released Boot Camp. Not the best
solution (you have to restart the system to switch to the other OS) but
better than software emulation and hey, it’s a start.
Now the bad news. It looks like Intel has embedded “Trusted Computing”
DRM protection in its Infineon chip and forgot to tell people. If you
remember the Sony rootkit uproar, you know this is not small news.
The basic idea of Trusted Computing is that security on a
computer is obtained via hardware, through a specific chip
dedicated exclusively to this task and called Trusted Platform
Module (TPM). It’s a very controversial project, as I wrote
years ago. Originally sold as a beneficial security system for
users (which is partially true), trusted Computing and
risk to open the doors to inviolable copy-protection systems
to censorship and surveillance issues to unprecedented levels.
The analysis by Electronic Frontier Foundation is inexorable
rigorous; although also the IBM refutation is worth reading.
What is Palladium?
The Next-Generation Secure Computing Base (NGSCB), formerly
known as Palladium, is a software architecture designed by
Microsoft which is expected to implement controversial parts of
their “Trustworthy Computing” concept on future versions of the
Microsoft Windows operating system. Microsoft’s stated aim for
NGSCB is to increase the security and privacy of computer
users, but critics assert that the technology will not only
fail to solve the majority of contemporary IT security
but also result in an increase in vendor lock-in and a
reduction in competition in the IT marketplace. Source:
"The people who still support George Bush are the same people who
believe Adam and Eve rode to church on the backs of dinosaurs". - SNL
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- That's probably right - they must have forgotten about that ... David Farber (Apr 10)