Design Element
Comment on "Darwin Kernel Source vs Piracy"
by lone — Feb 24
The kernel checks on boot that Darwin is running on an Intel Mac by asking the onboard Fritz ("Palladium") chip. The chip contains a key that the kernel checks for autenticity.
Publishing the kernel source means that Apple must either publish its private keys, or make a version of the kernel without the keys inside. Either way, an enterprising hacker can pick up kernel sources and recompile it after commenting out the chip check, making it available to all x86 PCs.
Me? I'd have stayed with PowerPC :D
Back to "Darwin Kernel Source vs Piracy"
Design Element

Copyright © Scott Stevenson 2004-2015