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Topic: How can I audit my PC and what tampering should I look out for?

I've just ordered a new Libreboot Thinkpad to install Hyperbola in and I'm wondering...
However unlikely it may be (which I don't want to discuss), let's say somebody intercepts it and tampers with it in some way - what kind of tampering can I expect? In the firmware? CPU? GPU? RAM? Storage drives? Anything else?

Whatever happens, how can I audit my new computer?
If anything's amiss, what can I do about it?

Thanks.

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Re: How can I audit my PC and what tampering should I look out for?

burhen42 wrote:

I've just ordered a new Libreboot Thinkpad to install Hyperbola in and I'm wondering...
However unlikely it may be (which I don't want to discuss), let's say somebody intercepts it and tampers with it in some way - what kind of tampering can I expect? In the firmware? CPU? GPU? RAM? Storage drives? Anything else?

Whatever happens, how can I audit my new computer?
If anything's amiss, what can I do about it?

Thanks.

You should be mostly fine, unless the EC firmware or the intel vulnerabilities are an issue...

That being said, I have had no major malware issues since using libreboot/coreboot devices. 

I am however in a year hoping to break my bondage from intel devices.  More or less I mean... wink

HyperbolaBSD: The Future of Secure Libre Lightweight Operating Systems!

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Re: How can I audit my PC and what tampering should I look out for?

burhen42 wrote:

I've just ordered a new Libreboot Thinkpad to install Hyperbola in and I'm wondering...
However unlikely it may be (which I don't want to discuss), let's say somebody intercepts it and tampers with it in some way - what kind of tampering can I expect? In the firmware? CPU? GPU? RAM? Storage drives? Anything else?

Whatever happens, how can I audit my new computer?
If anything's amiss, what can I do about it?

Thanks.

you should be safe but if you dont feel like it, and want to make sure all is set right just build libreboot from source or download rom already built and reflash it, you wont need external hardware now just install flashrom in your system and use this command:

 doas flashrom -p internal:laptop=force_I_want_a_brick -w <name_of_selected_rom> 

other than that i dont think you should worry much

"This life is short Eternity is long who want good trees plant good seeds"

"quote" taken from sam garrens an english writer and speaker,
  Were do you think we live!

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Re: How can I audit my PC and what tampering should I look out for?

rachad wrote:
burhen42 wrote:

I've just ordered a new Libreboot Thinkpad to install Hyperbola in and I'm wondering...
However unlikely it may be (which I don't want to discuss), let's say somebody intercepts it and tampers with it in some way - what kind of tampering can I expect? In the firmware? CPU? GPU? RAM? Storage drives? Anything else?

Whatever happens, how can I audit my new computer?
If anything's amiss, what can I do about it?

Thanks.

you should be safe but if you dont feel like it, and want to make sure all is set right just build libreboot from source or download rom already built and reflash it, you wont need external hardware now just install flashrom in your system and use this command:

 doas flashrom -p internal:laptop=force_I_want_a_brick -w <name_of_selected_rom> 

other than that i dont think you should worry much

Hi. So what should I enter in place of "force_I_want_a_brick"?
Just so its crystal clear what I gotta do. Thanks.

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Re: How can I audit my PC and what tampering should I look out for?

i can see that it looks confusing smile leave it as it is you just change <name_of_selected_rom> replacing the "<>" as well

"This life is short Eternity is long who want good trees plant good seeds"

"quote" taken from sam garrens an english writer and speaker,
  Were do you think we live!

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Re: How can I audit my PC and what tampering should I look out for?

Hi. I finally got round to doing this.
I booted Trisquel live, installed flashrom and tried to verify the firmware.
Unfortunately, I keep coming up with a message telling me that I am running flashrom on an unsupported laptop and it aborts the process.

I am using a W500 by the way.

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Re: How can I audit my PC and what tampering should I look out for?

burhen42 wrote:

Hi. I finally got round to doing this.
I booted Trisquel live, installed flashrom and tried to verify the firmware.
Unfortunately, I keep coming up with a message telling me that I am running flashrom on an unsupported laptop and it aborts the process.

I am using a W500 by the way.

did you build libreboot from source or downloaded the rom from Here

"This life is short Eternity is long who want good trees plant good seeds"

"quote" taken from sam garrens an english writer and speaker,
  Were do you think we live!

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Re: How can I audit my PC and what tampering should I look out for?

I bought my Thinkpad pre-installed with Libreboot.

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Re: How can I audit my PC and what tampering should I look out for?

burhen42 wrote:

I bought my Thinkpad pre-installed with Libreboot.

just keep it that way and prepare your self to upgrade wen the new release is out

"This life is short Eternity is long who want good trees plant good seeds"

"quote" taken from sam garrens an english writer and speaker,
  Were do you think we live!

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Re: How can I audit my PC and what tampering should I look out for?

rachad wrote:
burhen42 wrote:

I bought my Thinkpad pre-installed with Libreboot.

just keep it that way and prepare your self to upgrade wen the new release is out

Are you talking about Retroboot? Or is there actually a new version of Libreboot coming soon?
How do you know that?

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Re: How can I audit my PC and what tampering should I look out for?

burhen42 wrote:

Are you talking about Retroboot? Or is there actually a new version of Libreboot coming soon?
How do you know that?

yes a new version of libreboot leah told me that, idk wen though could be this month next one the great thing is we will have libreboot and hyperbola 0.4 verry soon, from there greater work will be done wink

"This life is short Eternity is long who want good trees plant good seeds"

"quote" taken from sam garrens an english writer and speaker,
  Were do you think we live!