Re: Diebold firmware 1.94W v 1.96

From: Richard C. Johnson <dick_at_iwwco_dot_com>
Date: Thu Aug 16 2007 - 14:20:46 CDT

Well, Diebold is right in that different versions require certification good only for the version certified. Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. But...with the same architecture "completely different" is not very convincing.

Even so, at best what is being offered is a simple unknown; at worst, the same faults you mention could be expected plus all those in the old version plus a bunch more faults in the new version. Diebold also has it backwards; the burden should be on Diebold to show that their stuff works, not on the public to show that it does not. That means public disclosure of source and of internal as well as VSTL/ITL test results at a minimum. IMHO.

-- Dick

Nancy Tobi <nancy.tobi@gmail.com> wrote: Does anyone know if there are tests and reports on the Diebold AccuVote optical scanner firmware version 1.94w?

Diebold is making claims that the 1.96 tests conducted in California don't apply because "it is completely different". But both use the same architecture: memory cards, etc. So I would expect the same vulnerabilities, such as viral hacking via the memory cards, would be applicable.

Anybody have any technical information or otherwise to help me refute the NH Diebold vendor claims?

Thanks.

Nancy

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Nancy Tobi
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