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Old 07-19-2009, 06:52 PM   #1
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Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: California, USA
Device: Kindle DX
Disable BigBrother features

Please note that the modification/patch doesn't work on the K2i. [note added by moderator in 2012]

WARNING: Multiple Kindle Touch owners have reported that their Kindle Touch was bricked (no longer usable) after applying this modification. This may be dangerous for the Kindle Touch!
[note added by moderator in 2012]


There is some functionality in Kindle firmware which I consider violating user privacy and I intend this thread to provide information on how to disable such stuff.
  1. Regular system log upload to Amazon servers. Kindle firmware is quite chatty even in a normal mode (;debugOn enables much more print outs). Here is a sample syslog output showing what kind of info Amazon regulary receives from your Kindle:

    Code:
    090719:144532 cvm[26415]: I BookletManager:SwitchingBooklets:from=Home,to=Bookworm:
    090719:144532 cvm[26415]: I Reader:BOOK INFO:title=Kindle DX User's Guide,authors=Amazon.com,ASIN=B0026P3LTE,content type=ebook,publisher=Amazon.com,publication date=4/25/2008,sorted title=Kindle DX User's Guide,display authors=Amazon.com,length=MobiPosition_ 211399,last access=1980-01-01 00.00.00 +0000,last read position=MobiPosition_ 12977,isEncrypted=false,isSample=false,isNew=false,path=/mnt/us/documents/Kindle_Users_Guide.azw,isTTSMetdataPresent=false,isTTSMetadataAllowed=true:
    090719:144534 cvm[26415]: I ReaderGUI:SWITCH VIEW:name=com.amazon.ebook.booklet.reader.gui.lf:
    Here is another interesting piece of info from the logs sent to Amazon:
    Code:
    090719:161519 wand[1661]: I e725:diag: t=4a644ff6,SID=4183,NID=87,
    Base ID=744,Network Svc Type=EVDO,Bars=5,
    Latitude=37.321441,Longitude=-122.030612,
    RSSI dBm=-125,Active Set EC IO dBm=-31.500000,Active Set PN Offsets=264,
    HDR Latitude=37.334167,HDR Longitude=-122.031113,
    EVDO RSSI dBm=-65,ASET Pilot Energy=-0.53,
    HDR Active Set PN Offsets=264,DRC=2,n=1:
    If you don't want Amazon to know what you are reading, where you are or know that you are exploring their device, there is a simple way to disable sending anything. Script responsible for packaging this information is /usr/bin/showlog. Here is a simple patch you can use:

    Code:
    --- showlog     2009-05-08 17:22:51.000000000 -0700
    +++ showlog_none        2009-07-19 14:44:08.000000000 -0700
    @@ -188,8 +188,8 @@
                     echo $OLDEST | awk '{ printf "%08d", $1 }' > $LASTFILESENT
                 fi
             fi
    -        print_stream_header $NUMFILES
    -        print_gzip_files $ALLFILES
    +        print_stream_header 0
    +        print_gzip_files ""
         else
             ALLFILES=`ls -1 $ARCHIVE_DIR/${LOG}_*.gz | xargs`
             if [ -n "$ALLFILES" ]; then
    In other words, just change lines 191/192 to use 0 instead of $NUMFILES and "" instead of $ALLFILES. This will cause this script to send empty payload to Amazon.

Last edited by pdurrant; 01-31-2012 at 05:06 PM. Reason: added note regarding k2i.
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