Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 14th Dec 2010 23:55 UTC, submitted by Oliver
OpenBSD Okay, this is potentially very big news that really needs all the exposure it can get. OpenBSD's Theo de Raadt has received an email in which it was revealed to him that ten years ago, the FBI paid several open source developers to implement hidden backdoors in OpenBSD's IPSEC stack. De Raadt decided to publish the email for all to see, so that the code in question can be reviewed. Insane stuff.
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Well, it actually seems to hold true.
This isn't a bug, it's a _well-designed door_, not just your average hole that results from a bug.
It was probably carefully correct code, but what said code was doing was... evil.

A software defect (bug) is surely any behaviour the software does that is not in the specification. So a backdoor is a bug.

Edited 2010-12-17 13:32 UTC

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