36 Years of the Digest ... founded August 21, 1981
Copyright © 2017 E. William Horne. All Rights Reserved.

The Telecom Digest for Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Volume 37 : Issue 35 : "text" format

Table of contents
Tweaked broadband bill passes through SenateBill Horne
Re: Apple Facing Security Nightmare as iOS 9 Source Code Leaks Gordon Burditt
Internet Association makes plea to Congress for bipartisan net neutrality rulesNeal McLain
---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <20180210145620.GA15961@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Sat, 10 Feb 2018 09:56:20 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Tweaked broadband bill passes through Senate Amendment boosts first year funding for deployment By Marianne Goodland The Colorado Senate this week gave final approval to the bill that they hope will finance broadband access in rural communities. Senate Bill 18-002 would take dollars from a fund that currently finances phone landlines and transfer it to a broadband deployment fund. Those dollars would then go to private telecom providers in rural areas to either provide broadband service for the first time or improve what's already there. The dollars targeted in the bill currently go to CenturyLink. The bill, which is sponsored by Senate President Pro tem Jerry Sonnenberg of Sterling and Sen. Don Coram of Montrose, passed the Senate Thursday on a 30-5 vote. http://www.journal-advocate.com/sterling-local_news/ci_31656510/tweaked-broadband-bill-passes-through-senate -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <qeidnWCVBNYyYeDHnZ2dnUU7-WvNnZ2d@posted.internetamerica> Date: Fri, 09 Feb 2018 13:55:27 -0600 From: gordonb.cv1af@burditt.org (Gordon Burditt) Subject: Re: Apple Facing Security Nightmare as iOS 9 Source Code Leaks > Apple Facing Security Nightmare as iOS 9 Source Code Leaks > The iBoot source code, which handles loading and verifying iOS, was > uploaded to GitHub for all to see. > > https://www.pcmag.com/news/359090/apple-facing-security-nightmare-as-ios-9-source-code-leaks If leaking source code causes a security nightmare, then they had a security nightmare before the source code leaked. Apple doesn't seem to think it's a "nightmare", even though they don't like their source code leaking out (and it makes their customers wonder if their personal information is also leaking out). I'm sure lots of people had that code disassembled before someone uploaded it to GitHub. Oh, yes, the code is also three years old. It's very difficult to prevent disassembly of boot code, especially when the owner of the phone has to be able to boot the phone without calling over an Apple Tech Support Person to enter a password every time the phone has to be booted (especially considering the problems that cell phones have had with batteries). And since booting a phone is so common, *SOMEONE* would be able to look over the shoulder of the tech support person and get the password. If (most of) the boot code is encrypted, the key has to be somewhere on the phone so the phone can boot. This is also a fundamental problem with so-called Digital Rights Management, in which your customer is considered the enemy, and you can't require downloading the media from an Apple-controlled server every time, because it would
  1. require way too much bandwidth
  2. not work in an area with no cell service, like a customer on a subway or bus in a tunnel,
  3. costs the customer in data charges,
  4. someone would intercept the media as it is transmitted over the Internet, even if it is encrypted, and
  5. it's so unreliable you'd never be able to sell it to anyone.
------------------------------ Message-ID: <f1b6e0fa530d5acfb70ea37bafd37498.squirrel@email.fatcow.com> Date: Fri, 9 Feb 2018 13:15:18 -0600 From: "Neal McLain" <nmclain.remove-this@and-this-too.annsgarden.com> Subject: Internet Association makes plea to Congress for bipartisan net neutrality rules By Sean Buckley, Fierce Telecom, Feb 9, 2018 The Internet Association (IA) has called for Congress to create a permanent legislative solution to the net neutrality debate following the FCC=E2=80= =99s recent move to overturn the current rules. In a letter to Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), the IA made its case to lawmakers that they need to come together in a bipartisan manner to come up with a common net neutrality foundation that protects consumers and businesses. https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/internet-association-makes-plea-to-congress-for-bipartisan-net-neutrality-rules?mkt_tok=3DeyJpIjoiWkdZek5XSTBPVFZpTjJFMSIsInQiOiJYMFlEbU1ldENwNTdCY29IdTViQVRcL2R2cVMrOXhhdUl3UE5UWDVGWmRtaE9kSEl2ZHdDRGVZMmtOTjRiNzBpUmZWVDgrT09IRXUwSUh5QVwvVE5EbWRGZDlob2NzQkdcL2xhaEFpWE9XeTIzU1B1MlJkSFVQVUNFQ0tmMlwvbHRrdWQifQ%3D%3D&mrkid=3D693414
-or- https://tinyurl.com/y7h8cu49 Neal McLain ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Sun, 11 Feb 2018

Telecom Digest Archives