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On that supposed backdoor in Samsung devices

First it was a huge backdoor, then it turned out not to be a big deal. Whatever is the case with this issue with Samsung phones – it only serves to highlight what I wrote about several months ago:

It’s kind of a sobering thought that mobile communications, the cornerstone of the modern world in both developed and developing regions, pivots around software that is of dubious quality, poorly understood, entirely proprietary, and wholly insecure by design.

Whether or not this is actually a huge security issue, I don’t care – it just further highlights the dire need for a properly and truly open baseband firmware.

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