Re: Cost for certification

From: Douglas W. Jones <jones_at_cs_dot_uiowa_dot_edu>
Date: Thu May 20 2004 - 20:52:44 CDT

On May 20, 2004, at 5:48 PM, Alan Dechert wrote:

> It looks like the log jam may be breaking up a bit. SysTest Labs is
> now an
> authorized software ITA and--according to them--they are become an
> authorized hardware tester as well within the next week or so. Figure
> this:
> up till now, Wyle Labs was the only hardware tester.

Turns out that Wyle Labs tests both hardware and firmware. If your
voting system executes code from ROM, Wyle Labs certifies that code.
Their firmware certification is overseen by Jim Deerman, and the
actual work is contracted out to e Kevin Moore, who actually reads
the source code.

The DRE systems made by ES&S and Sequoia run code from ROM, real
firmware, by most standards, while their competitors run code from
disk-like memory devices (including flash EEPROM) so their resident
code (aside from the boot loader) is considered software and is
certified by SysTest or Cyber.

I just had this straightened out to me today.

                Doug Jones
                jones@cs.uiowa.edu
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