Re: Ballot Validation and voting machine initializtion

From: Jeff Almeida <spud_at_spudzeppelin_dot_com>
Date: Tue Dec 14 2004 - 10:41:56 CST

Also Sprach Edmund R. Kennedy:
> You are apparently assuming that we would want to use the hard
>drive on the Markamatic. If I understand the design, we most certainly
>do not want to use the hard drive for security reasons. The computer
>will run from a CD rom (like Knoppix does) and/or a memory stick.

This is a solved problem. Assuming we are running (from WORM media like
CD) Linux, we can mount the filesystem on the HDD "noexec" and use it
strictly for data; alternately, both "ro" AND "noexec" would enable us to
use it strictly as a data SOURCE by eliminating write capability as well.

As far as our choice of media, I would strongly recommend AGAINST using
flash/memory stick for boot media precisely because it admits subsequent
writes. Using CD-ROM, and strictly CD-ROM, guarantees a write-once
scenario. However, that doesn't preclude us from using inexpensive CF/IDE
flash media as an alternative to a real HDD for things like logging, swap,
etc. where we may wish to keep local state information on writeable media.

jeff :)

"Modern technology is already in use that makes electronic voting possible, 
 with accurate and almost immediate tabulation and with paper ballot printouts 
 so all voters can have confidence in the integrity of the process." -J.Carter
Jeff D. "Spud (Zeppelin)" Almeida                              Corinth, TX, US
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