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Subject: Re: Suggest features for a new hardware recorder/audio player for using with Rockbox

Re: Suggest features for a new hardware recorder/audio player for using with Rockbox

From: Mark Allums <mark_at_allums.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2008 07:39:39 -0600

Paul Louden wrote:
>
>> Consider a form of it, if it can be made secure.
> I don't understand: Why is security so critical? Bluetooth pairing,
> while not terribly secure, ought to be secure enough to use within your
> home. The only data you should be transferring is audio files. And
> bluetooth allows pairing with headphones and microphones, very useful
> with a DAP.

People are always looking for a way to get their malware onto my
computer. I don't want my music player to be a vector.

> Meanwhile, if you need security, anything wireless will never be as
> secure as simply connecting a wire, or transferring via an SD card.
> Since you'll want the hardware off to save power whenever not actually
> intending to transfer, you don't have to worry about someone hijacking
> or snooping on your device when you're not looking, anyway.

True, but WPA or WPA2 is good enough for Wifi right now at least. I
doubt something that complicated is feasible, but it would be nice.

Security could be as simple as a physical switch, or an option in the
firmware/Rockbox. It ought to at least be thought about, even if it
isn't implemented.

--MArk Allums
Received on 2008-02-18


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