Disable PCMCIA when unused at boot
I find pcmcia invaluable for wifi and card readers.
What would be gained by crippling it?
According to PCMCIA, 32bit PCMCIA gets DMA. This would be the main reason to disable it, I believe.
We discussed what usability vs. security balance we want.
See also disable expresscard? (#5828)
There was a demonstration where a pcmcia firewire card was inserted into a live running system, the host OS auto-installed it, and then the firewire-exploit was used on its firewire ports pcmcia already gets dma, and could be used in other unforeseen ways the 5 minute window looks like the best compromise
wait for protect against external bus memory forensics (#5451).