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Re: [News] Why Voting Machines Should Go Linux

__/ [ Tim Smith ] on Wednesday 11 October 2006 17:18 \__

> On 2006-10-11, Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>| - A remote access program called PC Anywhere was found resident in the
>>| system
> Linux has ssh, VNC, and X.
>>| - Evidence of insertion of an encrypted Lexar Jump Drive was present
> Linux supports jump drives.
>>| - Evidence of attempts to alter or write HTML files (used to
>>| report results) was present
> Linux allows HTML files to be edited.
>>| - Apparently without a firewall, the GEMS system was opened up to the
>>| County Network
> Firewalls are optional in Linux.
>>| - A prohibited program, Microsoft Access, which makes editing the
>>| election chimpanzee-easy, was installed on the system AND USED shortly
>>| after the election.
> Linux programs for editing data are available.
> Is your argument that voting machines should switch to Linux because the
> tools to fiddle with elections come free with Linux, so the bad
> politicians won't have to spend taxpayer money buying third-party
> software like PC Anywhere?

My gripe is to do with the ease at which a person can hijack a Windows box.
Local compromises are another matter. Add to this the belated patched of
existing vulnerabilities that are known to be exploited 'in the wild'. It's
not unprecedented for Windows servers to be hijacked, along with sensitive
data that can leak/disappear without a trace.

Best wishes,

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