Reflections on trusting trust

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Fri Aug 15 2003 - 13:08:13 CDT

"Douglas W. Jones" <> wrote:
|Similarly, there are strong reasons to forbid all interpretive
|execution in voting systems.

Making a distinction between interpreted and compiled code in this
manner leads to a false assurance of security. The seminal explanation
of this is Ken Thompson's 1983 Turing Award Lecture. It looks like the
primary copy at:

Is unavailable right now (maybe something to do with the blackout). You
can read a mirror (but with figures unavailable) in googl's cache:

Yours, David...

Keeping medicines from the bloodstreams of the sick; food from the bellies
of the hungry; books from the hands of the uneducated; technology from the
underdeveloped; and putting advocates of freedom in prisons.  Intellectual
property is to the 21st century what the slave trade was to the 16th.
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