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Busybox 1.28.4 compiled statically

June 29, 2018 — BarryK

I have created a new recipe "busybox-static" in my fork of OpenEmbedded (June 28, 2018):

Busybox is compiled statically for amd64 and aarch64, and I have created PETs.

The amd64 PET will be used in future builds of EasyOS and Quirky, and there is a aarch64 build planned sometime, after I get my hands on the Librem 5 phone dev kit.

Which I am hanging out for...

The Purism website has the occasional blog post to keep us updated. This latest is interesting:

...but, where does the trust start and end? We have always trusted the major hardware manufacturers such as Intel -- after all, their chips are just big "binary blobs" -- the hardware inside a chip could be doing anything, we have no way of knowing.

What is different about firmware blobs? Nothing really. But I suppose, if firmware blobs can be removed, it is reducing the attack-surface.

Tags: oe