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

From: Jim March <1_dot_jim_dot_march_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Tue Oct 20 2009 - 02:49:31 CDT

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:

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?


Jim March

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