Re: Voting systems with no OS (was: Re: disclosure; no OS? [Re: OVC-discuss Digest, Vol 36, Issue 10])

From: Danny Swarzman <danny_at_stowlake_dot_com>
Date: Fri Nov 02 2007 - 21:55:04 CDT

Fred,

When you have an embedded system, the software has to be loaded
somehow. Whatever means you use to load it is the thing that needs to
be open.

When you run on COTS, anybody can reproduce everything you do to
develop the software.

How can the public verify the code on an embedded system?

-Danny

On Nov 2, 2007, at 7:26 PM, Fred McLain wrote:

>
>> - Ability to load programs. If you depend on an external system to
>> load the programs, then that external system would require the
>> same level of scrutiny.
>
> Nope, that is nonsense. You do not want to have an ability to
> "load programs" in a critical system, especially from an "external
> system". Nor do you want to have any connection to an external
> system. Voting systems need to be isolated from the network. I've
> said before, "you can't open a door that doesn't exist".

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