Re: question about Diebold and Win CE COTS

From: Jim March <1_dot_jim_dot_march_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Fri Nov 07 2008 - 15:17:14 CST

This issue just heated up - bigtime.

The EAC has stripped credentials as a test lab from Systest, one of
the three original labs, based on feedback from NIST.

In the report from NIST to Systest published at:

http://www.eac.gov/extlnk/lnkframehead.htm?http%3A//vote.nist.gov/NVLAP/SysTest-102808.pdf

...on page 18 (as Acrobat numbers pages) section 5.10.1 we find:

"The Windows CE customizing files were not reported as being reviewed
as non-COTS source files. An open question exists of how to report
these files but the presence and review of these WindowsCE customizing
files needs to be reported to identified [sic] that they were missed."

It doesn't say which vendor was involved in this incident - could have
been Diebold, Sequoia or Hart, or others I don't know about. But when
you combine this with Diebold's withholding of CE code and declaration
of CE as COTS, you get a HUGE problem.

This NIST document is, so far as I know, the only official
acknowledgement as to the WinCE fiasco.

Jim March

On Fri, Nov 7, 2008 at 12:58 PM, D. C. Lapena <chito.lapena@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello, Jim
> thanks for your great work over the years on electronic voting.
>
> On bbvforums it looked like your last posting on the Windows CE COTS
> issue was around late 2007.
>
> In 2006 I brought this up to the elections board in Georgia during a
> hearing (supported by material you posted as well as the RRLee
> affidavit). The director (Evans) said he would look into it but I have
> not heard back from them since. It seems that Kennesaw's laughable
> answer "we've tested the INTERACTIONS of those components thoroughly"
> (which is on public record and on Google video) is sufficient for our
> public servants, who probably believe that the statement equates to a
> source code audit.
>
> I am hoping to get attention on this issue by piggy-backing it on the
> current Martin/Chambliss contest, which was close and has required a
> run-off.
>
> Do you know the status of this in Georgia? Are we using voting
> machines here that do not qualify to be voting machines? How can we
> keep them from burying this?
>
> thanks for your help
> -Chito L
> Savannah, Georgia
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