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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Nothing mythical about that. It's been proven repeatedly - in software projects as in many other projects. The strength of openness has proved itself repeatedly. Of course, you of all could not be expected to react less emotionally than you do right now. Given your professional background you had to jump on this one.

Anyway, all bugs are shallow, but when the eyes looking are working for companies creating proprietary solutions, and these companies turns out to be FBI-controlled, the "bugs" will not be found but rather introduced. It only goes to prove that one should embrace the openness even further and be less happy about capitalist meddling with open source.

EDIT: Actually this case proves the point of "many eyeballs making bugs shallow". We will never hear anything detailed about the backdoors we know are in Windows. OTOH they were there 10 years ago when we (in Europe) talked a lot about the backdoors introduced by USA and they are here today. Guaranteed.

Edited 2010-12-15 19:30 UTC

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