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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Delgarde
Member since:
2008-08-19

Why? OpenBoot is allegedly fully open source and can be, at least theoretically, replaced with OpenFirmware; though much would need to be ported back, or irrelevant.


Ah, but do you trust the hardware OpenBoot / OpenFirmware is running on? Or could it be subverting things right down at the hardware level? ;)

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TheGZeus Member since:
2010-05-19

That's open, too. Well, the next generation is, and you can verify the behaviour of chips.

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Delgarde Member since:
2008-08-19

That's open, too. Well, the next generation is, and you can verify the behaviour of chips.


The architecture might be open, but doesn't mean the physical chips actually match that architecture. And you can verify the behaviour of chips, *if* you trust the tools you're using to verify it.

Sooner or later, you have to either trust people, or go insane.

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