Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 13th Mar 2014 19:31 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption

First it was a huge backdoor, then it turned out not to be a big deal. Whatever is the case with this issue with Samsung phones - it only serves to highlight what I wrote about several months ago:

It's kind of a sobering thought that mobile communications, the cornerstone of the modern world in both developed and developing regions, pivots around software that is of dubious quality, poorly understood, entirely proprietary, and wholly insecure by design.

Whether or not this is actually a huge security issue, I don't care - it just further highlights the dire need for a properly and truly open baseband firmware.

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RE: open firmware
by tingo on Thu 13th Mar 2014 21:29 UTC in reply to "open firmware"
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There is an ongoing effort:
http://lists.openmoko.org/pipermail/community/2013-February/068280....
and here:
http://bitbucket.org/falconian/freecalypso-sw
but that's only targeting one specific hardware.

Edited 2014-03-13 21:31 UTC

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