Trusted Computing for Mac OS X

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    Category: Mac OS X
    Link: Trusted Computing for Mac OS X
    Description:: - Mac OS X does not use the on-board TPM chip, despite rumors to the contrary.
    - The most recent Macs don't even have TPM chips
    - If you have a TPM chip, there is nothing preventing you from using it for your own purposes. The author provides a device driver and some software to show some of what you can do.

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    Rocksaurus

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    So.. Apple doesn't use TPM to keep Mac OS X running only on Macs... So... the hackers are lying to us? I'm not saying this guy doesn't know what he's talking about, but the people who hack OS X to run on non-Apple hardware really get into the nitty-gritty of it, so I'd like to think they know a thing or two...
     
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    Well, according to that article, the new Pros lack a TPM chip. Assuming that's correct, OS X can't possibly be using it for copy protection.
     
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    mduser63

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    Amit Singh wrote the book on OS X's internal workings, literally. He knows what he's talking about.
     
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    maybe they were going to if the hackers had got OSX86 to work reliably, as they didn't they didn't bother using it.
     
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    drlunanerd

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    Or maybe they planned to use TPM for locking OS X to Apple hardware, but changed their mind when they got wind of the amount of interest in the hacking community to run it on generic x86 hardware (and saw that as a positive thing).

    Or perhaps the TPM chip was just bundled with the Intel chipsets/reference design they used for the initial Intel Mac models and they never planned on using it.

    Whatever the truth, this is a very interesting revelation. Goes to show you need your wits about you on the World Wide Web of Lies, and you shouldn't assume anything.
     

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