Re: Proposed OVC Listed Policies

From: Joseph Lorenzo Hall <joehall_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Wed Nov 29 2006 - 11:45:58 CST

I won't be able to look at this in detail until after my qualifying
exam in one week. 'til then, Joe

On 11/27/06, Arthur Keller <> wrote:
> At its October 20, 2006 meeting, the OVC Board voted unanimously to
> create "an OVC listed mark that is to be given solely on the nature
> of the disclosure, type of license, and vendor attestations." The
> OVC is to publish the disclosure, license, and vendor attestations on
> its websites. Details about the requirements of what is to be
> disclosed and under what licenses and what vendor attestations were
> to be posted to the OVC discuss list subsequently. Further
> discussions took place at the November 17, 2006 OVC Board meeting.
> The following proposal is based on these discussions.
> "OVC Listed" would say that the source, documentation, license, etc.,
> are publicly disclosed. The public disclosure of the source,
> documentation, license, etc., would be on our website. We need to
> come up with a checklist of the items that need to be disclosed. We
> would then provide a listing ID that one could look up on our website
> to have access to the publicly disclosed information.
> Submission components:
> 1. Listing of components of system (e.g., electronic ballot printer,
> ballot reconciliation system, ballot verification system) and their
> version identifiers.
> 2. Full source code for each voting-specific component of system,
> including make files, header files, and configuration files, and any
> other file needed to build a complete version of the system (given
> COTS object code).
> 3. Object code image for each component of system (including COTS components).
> 4. Checksums of object code image for each component of system (e.g.,
> MD5, etc.; list of required checksums to be updated by OVC from time
> to time).
> 5. Specifications.
> 6. Documentation.
> 7. Internal and external document formats and sample documents (e.g.,
> ballot definition files, cast ballot records, vote total records).
> 8. Hardware dependencies, specifications, and requirements.
> 9. For each Commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) component (e.g.,
> operating system or device or printer drivers), specifications,
> version numbers, dates of manufacture. requirements and uses.
> 10. Feature checklist (e.g., paper ballot vs. electronic ballot with
> paper audit trail; basic architectural type).
> 11. License(s) for the system, as per the requirement below.
> 12. Reports of non-internal tests, such as by Independent Testing
> Authorities or acceptance tests by customers, as they are prepared.
> 13. An attestation that all components and descriptions submitted are
> accurate and represent the versions identified.
> The Vendor license must allow others also to publish the software,
> anyone to test and experiment and analyze, including publication of
> analyses including excerpts of source code. The vendor may retain
> copyrights, trademark rights, and patent rights, but not trade secret
> rights.
> OVC will assign an "OVC Listed" identifier, and publish all of the
> information submitted (on websites or through other means) with the
> identifier. Each configuration/version is a separate submission with
> its own "OVC Listed" identifier. Updated versions or configurations
> must be resubmitted to be OVC Listed.
> OVC will document the process for submitting a voting system to be OVC Listed.
> -------
> Note: Vendors are not required to grant the rights to make derivative
> works or derivative systems (other than as part of analyses, tests,
> or experiments), and the rights to use the system for elections would
> not be required to be granted as part of obtaining an OVC listing.
> Note: OVC may charge for listing or make iisting a benefit of certain
> classes of membership.
> Note: OVC Listed does not imply any testing of the voting system.
> The OVC will subsequently develop concepts of open testing,
> Note: The OVC may host a website or email list or other mechanism for
> reporting problems with voting systems (whether listed or not), or
> link to websites maintained by others.
> -------
> Note: Feedback on this proposal are requested. In particular,
> suggestions are requested on what should be in the feature checklist.
> Respectfully submitted,
> Arthur Keller
> OVC Board Secretary
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Joseph Lorenzo Hall
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