[ltp] TCPA on Thinkpads

Tino Keitel linux-thinkpad@linux-thinkpad.org
Wed, 19 Mar 2003 11:30:03 +0100

On Wed, Mar 19, 2003 at 10:36:36 +0100, Gerard van Winssen wrote:
> I've read A bit about this issue, and from what I understand of it I don't 
> like it at all as A linux user.
> Now I've noticed that many Thinkpads made after May 2002 have this
> "security" spy chip, AKA IBM security chip.. My R31 too, I saw it in
> the bios settings. Some text from the IBM website:
> << Select ThinkPad and NetVista clients feature the IBM Embedded
> Security Subsystem and the new TCPA-compliant IBM Embedded Security
> Subsytem 2.0. The subsystem consists of an integrated security chip
> and IBM Client Security Software, which the customer must download
> after receiving the client to ensure only authorized parties have
> knowledge of customer security components.
> Only IBM offers the most secure industry-standard PC to provide more
> secure local file and folder encryption, wired and wireless
> communications, and user authentication to control system and network
> access.
> >>
> Can someone tell me what this "security" shit means for us
> linux-on-Thinkpad users? I rather get rid of the Thinkpad when
> someone can spy on me. :-(

I read something about this in a german magazine. I seems to consist of
a container for asymmetric keys and hardware accelerated en/decryption,
so there are no "spy features" or something like this. I will look into
the artice again when you need more information.


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