Re: Triad Systems and Ohio Recount

From: charlie strauss <cems_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Thu Dec 23 2004 - 16:53:52 CST

 I dont know about computer forensics in any useful detail.

But one thing I think that will likely be a godsend to electronic voting is the Next Generation Trusted Computing Platform. While derided on slashdot for the way it imposes DRM on your computer it's actually exactly what e-voting needs.

to recap the basic concepts of the NGTCP. some small very trusted and easily secure part of the computer will boot. It will then validate every hardware component and every signed software component that is loaded. Hardware, even screens, and keyboards will be designed to fit into the authentication protocol, each having some unforgable signature authorized by the trusted portion. I dont know how that will be done but apparently this is worked out.

The idea is that the central trust allocation unit will be so small it can be validated and kept secure. Since every component from OS to drivers is signed you cant defeat the system or even emulate it.

Again I dont know how this is done.

(formerly it was known as paladium, so you probably heard of it) and it started as a project between Intel and Microsoft. There are now motherboards out that supposedly support this but I have not looked into it. And I have read there is an opensource project to bring this to linux.

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