Re: Interesting, but not corroborated yet

From: Rick Gideon <rick_at_openvoting_dot_org>
Date: Wed Dec 08 2004 - 19:19:21 CST

Yes, running something similar to an md5 checksum on the OS would help
eliminate tampered software, especially when that md5 is the certified
fingerprint for that software.

Of course, using md5 is just an example.

On Wed, 8 Dec 2004, Nils Paz wrote:

> This supports the point I tried to make earlier. The OVC not only needs to
> have checks and counter checks to the vote count but also checks and
> counterchecks to the system. A clever malicious hacker especially one with
> a lot financial backing could easily place what appears to be valid system
> calls and Trojan back doors and it would go unnoticed because the system
> can't report those hidden Trojan services. They would have been replaced
> by a 'root kit'.
> If the OVC system were to contain byte counts on the system and all its
> primary service applications before they are deployed in an election, then
> they could be checked during and after an election to see if the system
> has been compromised.
>
> ? Regards... Nils
>
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>
> "Kathy Dopp" <kathy@directell.com>
> Sent by: ovc-discuss-bounces@listman.sonic.net
> 12/08/2004 04:40 PM
> Please respond to kathy; Please respond to Open Voting Consortium
> discussion list
>
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> To: <ovc-discuss@listman.sonic.net>
> cc:
> Subject: Re: [OVC-discuss] Interesting, but not corroborated yet
>
>
> Nils Paz said:
> > Bev Harris discusses why this doesn't hold water and one of the points
> > is that the journalist did not provide any details about the code.
> > However, Clint Curtis (the coder who made the hack) did publish the
> > code:
> > http://www.justaflyonthewall.com/votefraud.html
> >
> > It does what he say it does: hidden buttons let you change the vote.
> > Which is on of the counterpoints by Bev (that he didn't provide the
> > code). As to what precincts and on what machines, that is another
> > issue.
> >
> > ? Regards
> >
>
>
> Another point in favor of Clint Curtis' story is that the problems with
> miscounted votes in Volusia County where he claims they applied his
> program, are well-documented in the 2000 election.
>
> In fact, Gore might be President today if not for the miscounted votes in
> Volusia which, until they were corrected, caused Bush to seem ahead in the
> election at a time when Gore was actually ahead, if the votes had been
> accurately reported. The networks called the race for Bush, and Gore
> conceded during the time when the Volusia votes were being misreported.
> By the time Gore unconceded, many additional un-dated (and questionably
> not cast by the deadline) absentee overseas ballots were being added to
> Bush's total and Bush got his 500 vote margin of victory.
>
> Without the mysterious still unexplained miscount in the central tabulator
> (that was later corrected by re-uploading all the precinct results) in
> Volusia in 2000, we might have a different President today.
>
>
> Kathy
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