[tor-talk] "Safeplug"

Roman Mamedov rm at romanrm.net
Fri Nov 22 19:35:54 UTC 2013

On Fri, 22 Nov 2013 10:45:35 -0800
Yuri <yuri at rawbw.com> wrote:

> Also, without the device being open source (and how can it really be?) 

Why can't it be?

Well, maybe not the whole device down to the CPU Verilog design level, but
they could post source-code for the firmware with the instructions to build
and flash it, and since most likely this contains at least the Linux kernel
and some GPLed tools like Busybox, they are legally obligated to provide
source to whoever they distribute the binary to, on their request. But many
router manufacturers don't bother limiting it to just that, and simply post
the source code for public download on their websites.

With respect,
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