the power of being root, scary movie III

Magnus Therning magnus at
Fri May 20 07:41:31 UTC 2005

On Thu, May 19, 2005 at 11:28:56PM +0100, James Wilkinson wrote:
>Magnus Therning wrote:
>> It would still be possible for the root/admin to perform some tricks to
>> read your data while it's in RAM... but at some point you have to start
>> trusting your administrator :-)
>Ultimately, with current hardware, if you can modify the kernel you can
>change it to do whatever you want. (This is one reason why kernel
>hackers dislike binary modules: they do change the kernel, and a bug in
>the binary module can easily modify random other parts of the kernel).
>This is precisely why Microsoft and others have been investigating
>so-called "trusted computing": it has hardware support for a part of
>memory that the OS can't modify, and can ensure that the system hasn't
>been modified rom a known state. See
> for further details.

That's the official reason, the _real_ reason is that the powers that be
(the unholy alliance between Redmond and Hollywood) wants to control
even more what you do with your computer.


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