Reverse engineering binary firmware

Robert Millan rmh at
Thu Jan 15 21:56:07 UTC 2009

On Thu, Jan 15, 2009 at 08:00:47PM +0100, Graziano Sorbaioli wrote:
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> Richard M Stallman ha scritto:
> > I think it would be useful to start an organized effort to
> > reverse-engineer binary-only firmware.  When the binary is released
> > under a free software license, there is no legal obstacle.
> > 
> > What do you think of this idea?
> Agree.

Same here.

> > If it is a good idea, would some of you like to identify a list of
> > high priority targets for this activity?
> > 
> > They should be binary-only firmware programs released under free
> > licenses, for important products or product lines.  It would be good
> > to have between 5 and 20 items in the list.
> One possible item I can identify is the Intel wifi 3945 and similar
> adapters.

I was about to say that one.  I have one of those.  Unfortunately I don't
have time for reverse-engineering right now, but it's definitely something
I'd like to do eventually.

Robert Millan

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