Re: Wiretapping Linux?

From: Jakob Oestergaard
Date: Tue May 16 2006 - 10:40:19 EST

On Tue, May 16, 2006 at 09:48:25AM -0400, Steven Rostedt wrote:
> > So what about Linux? With thousands of people working on the Kernel if
> > someone from the NSA wanted to slip a back door into the Kernel, could
> > the do that?
> Well, yes and no.
> There's so much free stuff out there, that people download and install
> blindly, that I'm sure if someone wanted to really badly, they could get
> it on some boxes. If they were slime and added something to a binary,
> and supplied the source without the backdoor, that might last a while.
> Unless you compile everything yourself, it's not easy to make sure that
> all binaries came from the source you have.

Read "Reflections on Trusting Trust" to see why compiling things from
source gets you absolutely *zero* extra security in this regard.


/ jakob

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