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SubjectRe: ANNOUNCE: /dev/bios - flash rom bios driver
Chip Salzenberg said:

> According to Dr. Werner Fink:
> > What's about mistakes? This interface is very easy and
> > therefore it _is_ very dangerous, isn't it?
> I agree. Perhaps the device should require that writing take place
> at an offset greater than zero ("dd oskip=1k"?), [...]

i'm just a kernel neophyte here, but since we're talking about hacks

how about a sort of side-device that's used as a guard? this reminds
me of the big paper-cutter machine i used in high school print shop --
one had to press the left-button with the left hand and the
right-button with the right hand, or the blade wouldn't come down. so
there could be a /dev/bios and /dev/biosguard, the latter of which has
to be open (for writing, of course) in order for a dangerous write to
the former. like this:

fd1 = open("/dev/biosguard", O_WRONLY);
fd2 = open("/dev/bios", O_WRONLY);
write(fd2, newbioscode, newbioscodelen);

i'm assuming the bios driver could know which process has opened
/dev/bios and make sure that same process has also opened

obviously, this could work under /proc, too.


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