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Re: [GNU-linux-libre] The "Free" Kernel In Debian Squeeze

From: Nicolás Reynolds
Subject: Re: [GNU-linux-libre] The "Free" Kernel In Debian Squeeze
Date: Wed, 29 Dec 2010 09:35:39 -0300
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15)

El 29/12/10 07:29, Alexandre Oliva dijo:
> The kernel logs the request, including the identifier, and, when it
> fails, the module that issued the request often logs an error message,
> that usually includes the firmware name.
> Also, the kernel sends the firmware name/identifier to the userland
> hotplug program, and that program can do pretty much whatever it likes
> with the name, including looking up the name in package repositories,
> suggesting users to install the package that provides the firmware, or
> even install it behind their backs.
> In Linux-libre, we mangle the firmware name both in the request and the
> error message, so there's no chance that any of this may happen.
> However, this also disables any possibility of using non-Free firmware
> that the user has installed and would like to use.

Stupid question: Can't you modify this userland program the kernel calls to
handle firmware requests?

Nicolás Reynolds,
gnu/linux user #455044

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