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  • OpenBMC Is Aiming For Its Major Debut In Early 2019

    Phoronix: OpenBMC Is Aiming For Its Major Debut In Early 2019

    The OpenBMC project hosted by the Linux Foundation to begin providing open-source Baseboard Management Controller firmware stacks is planning for its first major/official release in 2019 as this collaborative community project from leading software and hardware vendors...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...elease-In-2019

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    Seems related to https://www.bloomberg.com/news/featu...-top-companies

    Maybe companies finally see value in open source firmware/hardware due to all these vulnerabilities.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by kruger View Post
      Seems related to https://www.bloomberg.com/news/featu...-top-companies

      Maybe companies finally see value in open source firmware/hardware due to all these vulnerabilities.
      I'm pretty sure they started working on OpenBMC way befare today

      Also:
      https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/securit...neous-article/
      https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2018/...g-about-apple/

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      • #4
        Originally posted by dlq84 View Post

        I'm pretty sure they started working on OpenBMC way befare today

        Also:
        https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/securit...neous-article/
        https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2018/...g-about-apple/

        That's because the BMC has been a known thorn in the server world for a while now, same as Intel ME and AMD PSP. It's also why there's some doubt and confusion on whether the Bloomberg article is completely accurate or if the authors are confusing already known BMC vulnerabilities in firmware and hardware with theoretical supply chain attacks that our government has already been voicing concerns over. After all, the NSA and CIA do this very thing according to the Snowden files. It's 100% certain the Chinese have same capability as well. That said, the Bloomberg authors are building a castle but not actually claiming to have seen any direct evidence to form a solid foundation for it. Rather, they are relying on anonymous 3rd party sources that claim to have seen some reports about this happening while ignoring corporate officers going on the record telling them in very specific terms they're wrong. The specificity of both sides, Bloomberg and the corporations, should be noted. Amazon, especially is being very specific from a corporate officer that would have knowledge of any sort of investigation Bloomberg is claiming. No lawyer would have signed off on Amazon's response with that kind of specificity unless it was pretty solid from a legal liability perspective.

        I rather prefer this more balanced critique of the article and the corporate rebuttals here:

        https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/1...omberg/?page=1

        and here from a somewhat more technical perspective:
        https://www.servethehome.com/bloombe...we-investigate

        I'm not as charitable towards Bloomberg's accuracy in general as The Register. Bloomberg has had to correct and retract articles in the past due to relying on inaccurate information and jumping on junk science bandwagons.

        Serve The Home's call for appropriate investigations whether this story is substantially true or false, however, is well taken. OpenBMC making its announcement now couldn't come at a better time! Let's just hope OpenBMC can not only deliver what they promise, but enlist the necessary corporate actors to use it in their products.

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