Trusting hardware

Wednesday, 25 March 2009, 2:21 PM EST

So, you're a decent paranoid person, running only open source software on your box: Linux, GNU, etc. You have the feeling you could, if you only wanted to, review every single line of code (of course you will probably never do this, but anyway). You might be even more paranoid and also try running an open source BIOS. You feel satisfied and cannot understand all those stupid people running closed source systems like e.g. Windows. Right?

But here's where you are stuck — you still must trust your hardware. Trust that your hardware vendor has not e.g. built in a backdoor into your network card micro-controller...

At the Invisible Things blog.

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