[OLPC-devel] Secure BIOS on the OLPC
Ronald G Minnich
rminnich at lanl.gov
Tue Aug 29 00:13:44 EDT 2006
Ivan Krstić wrote:
> Ronald G Minnich wrote:
>>Because, you are assuming that a reboot is always intended, and that is
>>not necessarily the case. Yes, on reboot you may find that file, but no,
>>you don't know that you have rebooted due to an intentional decision to
>>reboot, or an accident.
> I'm not sure I follow. In what circumstances is flashing the BIOS during
> an unintended reboot a problem?
in the case that you changed your mind, for whatever reason, but the
reboot happened before you had a chance to unwind the decision to flash.
If the OLPC folks are happy with the method you have outlined, then go
for it. I am expressing my opinion, based on several years of bios work
on thousands of machines, that it makes me uncomfortable.
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