Broadcom wifi drivers in F-14?

David Woodhouse dwmw2 at
Thu Sep 16 11:47:48 UTC 2010

On Wed, 2010-09-15 at 14:38 +0200, drago01 wrote:
> But where do you draw the line?
> A "crack-inspired" judge might argue that the fact that regulation is
> done in software is a problem regardless of the drivers license /
> nature. 

There's actually some merit in that position. But still there's very
little excuse for distinguishing between closed-source and open-source

Poking out a conditional jump and turning it into a NOP, or changing an
immediate value used for a comparison to enforce regulatory restrictions
is *easy* in a binary driver. As I said, it's actually *easier* for
end-users to do that than it is for them to patch and rebuild a driver
from source.

Perhaps we should get the folks working on reverse-engineering the
binary b43 drivers to release such hacks, to reinforce that point. Like
the one I had for the MGA hallib a few years ago, where you dd a zero
byte to a certain location and it would turn off Macrovision on all the


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