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SubjectRe: LKM rootkits in 2.6.x


Valdis.Kletnieks@vt.edu wrote:
> On Thu, 11 Mar 2004 20:16:28 +0100, Christophe Saout said:
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>
>>Ugh... this sounds ugly. This should be forbidden. I mean, what are
>>things like EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL for if drivers are allowed to patch
>>whatever they want?
>
>
> If the binary blob knows enough about the innards to be able to do binary
> patching, it's a derived work and should be GPL.

Maybe!

Unless the offset of an unexported symbol relative to an exported one is
simply a "fact" which therefore can't be copyrighted.

This sort of thing would probably be unethical, but it might be legal.

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