Trusted Computing for Mac OS X

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  1. MacBytes macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003


    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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  2. Rocksaurus macrumors 6502a


    Sep 14, 2003
    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...
  3. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    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.
  4. mduser63 macrumors 68040


    Nov 9, 2004
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Amit Singh wrote the book on OS X's internal workings, literally. He knows what he's talking about.
  5. Eraserhead macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
    maybe they were going to if the hackers had got OSX86 to work reliably, as they didn't they didn't bother using it.
  6. drlunanerd macrumors 65816


    Feb 14, 2004
    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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