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Timothy Pearson of Raptor on closed-source firmware

Timothy Pearson of Raptor Engineering has a blog post talking about the security issues of closed-source firmware ‘blobs’.

[…]So, what are your thoughts on the current x86 proprietary software situation? Are you willing to continue to use FOSS software inside the ever-shrinking x86 “software jail”, or are you possibly willing to give up some cost or performance advantages in order to retain full control of the software running on your hardware? This is a question that will need to be answered soon; the long-term consequences of a fully TiVo-ized computing world are not to be taken lightly, and thus far the free software community has put up very little resistance to the antifeatures being forced into modern x86 platforms. I hope to provoke wider discussion on these topics via this message.

https://decentralize.today/uncorrectable-freedom-and-security-issues-on-x86-platforms-2e6220fa07ed#.nznipc24t

 

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Raptor meets OpenBMC crowdsourcing pledge goal!

Overall Goal:    $50,000 USD
Raptor’s Contribution:    $30,000 USD
Community Goal:    $20,000 USD
Current Pledges:    $20,000 USD
Remaining Deficit:    $0 USD
 Overall Funding Status:    100.0%
Community Funding Status:    100.0%

https://www.raptorengineering.com/coreboot/kgpe-d16-bmc-port-offer.php

 

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Raptor Engineering seeks funds for OpenBMC port

Raptor Engineering is asking for crowdsource funding to help them port OpenBMC to an ASUS system:

“Make coreboot a first-class citizen in the datacenter on modern, blob-free hardware.”

https://www.raptorengineering.com/coreboot/kgpe-d16-bmc-port-offer.php

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Talos FlexVer technology -vs- Evil Maids

Talos has a new post on their use of FPGAs on their OpenPower-based workstation.

https://www.crowdsupply.com/raptor-computing-systems/talos-secure-workstation/updates/talos-fpga-functions-and-responsibilities-part-2

https://firmwaresecurity.com/2016/09/02/talos-secure-workstation-coreboot-power8/

 

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Talos Secure Workstation: coreboot + POWER8

New potential product on CrowdSupply with a NICE set of features (…and I wonder how secure it will be):

* Blob-free operation
* Fully libre (open-source) IBM OPAL primary firmware w/ PetitBoot interface
* Fully libre (open-source) OpenBMC secondary (IPMI / OoBM) firmware
* NO signing keys preventing firmware modification

https://www.crowdsupply.com/raptorcs/talos

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