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Re: [gNewSense-users] KFV: Detecting sourceless firmware

From: Karl Goetz
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] KFV: Detecting sourceless firmware
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2008 19:00:20 +0930

On Tue, 2008-04-22 at 04:14 -0500, Peter Lutz wrote:
>         The main point of KvF is to find these sourceless blobs, and
>         you should be looking at the entire file in any case.
>         While we have scripts that apply heuristics, they're never
>         going to be as good as a human.
>         Brian
> And these sourceless blobs will just look like a big string of
> hexadecimal numbers, right? Does this ALWAYS mean its a non-free,
> sourceless blob? Are there any circumstances where I'll see a long
> string of hex and it might be something else? I just want to be
> absolutely sure I'm doing this right. :-)

well, it may be a hex dump that has source (potentially in a different
file), but if you take note of it we can ok it later, or go looking for
Ideally if there is confusion, we contact the (C) holder and ask them
about it :).

Karl Goetz,
Debian user / Ubuntu contributor / gNewSense contributor

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