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The Register: Gilmore, Hedrick differ on anti-CPRM gameplan

Feb 28, 2001, 15:49 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Orlowski)

"Gilmore wants members of the public to join the T.13 standards committee. And while acknowledging that the Phoenix proposal is innocuous ("there is nothing controversial in this new proposal - there is nothing in at all,") it may be a Trojan Horse for "secret" standards, he writes."

"But Linux ATA driver guru and T.13 committee member Andre Hedrick, who has watched CPRM for several months, strongly disagrees. His concern is to ensure that CPRM doesn't go underground, he says, into the nether world of undocumented "Vendor Unique" commands used by manufacturers, which are far more difficult to identify and that could criminalise attempts to break it. He wants it above ground, identified, and where folks can see it."

"Hedrick has issued his own "suggestion" to the T.13 mailing list, promising to give away a command parser that bounces unknown new commands, so obliging a CPRM-vigilant OS to track and reject all such command sets. His threat poses a dilemma for drive manufacturers which may be inclined to sneak CPRM in through the back door: they'll effectively lose the Linux market. Hedrick's parser will include trap-doors for vendors who try to circumvent known command sets, too."

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