Re: Something really big: Sequoia source code, free to download and study, no NDAs.

From: Katrina Glerum <kglerum_at_midwinter_dot_com>
Date: Tue Oct 20 2009 - 10:39:56 CDT

Oh excellent! This should be boingo'd.

On Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 12:49 AM, Jim March <1.jim.march@gmail.com> wrote:

> Folks, you'll love this.
>
> Sequoia blew it on a public records response. We (basically EDA) have
> election databases from Riverside County that Sequoia insisted on
> "redacting" first, for which we paid cold cash. They appear instead to have
> just vandalized the data as valid databases by stripping the MS-SQL header
> data off, assuming that would stop us cold.
>
> They were wrong.
>
> The Linux "strings" command was able to peel it apart. Nedit was able to
> digest 800meg text files. What was revealed was thousands of lines of
> MS-SQL source code that appears to control or at least influence the logical
> flow of the election, in violation of a bunch of clauses in the FEC voting
> system rulebook banning interpreted code, machine modified code and
> mandating hash checks of voting system code.
>
> I've got it all organized for commentary and download in wiki form at:
>
> http://studysequoia.wikispaces.com/
>
> This is the first time we can legally study a voting system's innards
> without NDAs or court-ordered secrecy.
>
> Join the fun :). First goal is to prove that Sequoia did in fact vandalize
> the data files by stripping the MS-SQL headers - if so that will affect
> other public records inquiries against Sequoia.
>
> Second goal: what does the code do, what are the security implications, is
> it as big a violation of the FEC rulebook as it appears?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Jim March
>
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