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New binary analysis tool finds FOSS in device firmware

Apr 18, 2010, 23:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ryan Paul)

"Software development company Loohuis Consulting and process management consultancy OpenDawn have released a new binary analysis tool that is designed to detect Linux and BusyBox in binary firmware. The program, which is freely available for download, is intended to aid open source license compliance efforts.

"Open source software licenses broadly enable redistribution of application source code, but some impose additional stipulations on derivatives. There is an entire class of reciprocal open source software licenses, sometimes called "copyleft" licenses, that require derivatives to be distributed under the same terms as the original code base. The purpose of such licenses is to ensure that third-party enhancements to the code are disclosed and made available to all members of the community.

"The most popular copyleft license, the GNU General Public License (GPL), has become a powerful enabler of collaboration, but a growing number of companies fall afoul of its requirements."

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