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Re: [opensuse] Re: This is OT, but you guys are gonna love this one!!
  • From: James Knott <james.knott@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2007 20:59:40 -0500
  • Message-id: <45A6EB8C.80808@xxxxxxxxxx>
James Hatridge wrote:
> HI Joe et al..
> On Thursday 11 January 2007 20:43, J Sloan wrote:
>
>> George Stoianov wrote:
>>
>>>> operating system, and Novell with its SUSE Linux also asked the NSA
>>>> what it
>>>> thought of their products."
>>>>
>>> ...Thanks!!! it is good to know Novell is giving a permission to the
>>> NSA to install an _official_ backdoor in my Linux system...
>>>
>> That's quite a leap of logic. And difficult to imagine, since the source
>> is available for verification.
>>
>
> Its quite true that the source is available, but two questions.
>
> #1 How can I know that the software that I install is the same as what the
> source is?
>

Compile from source.
> #2 How many of us Linux users would recognized a backdoor if he saw one?
>

You don't have to. There are enough who could, who'd then start
yelling. Don't forget, one of the rolls of the NSA is to ensure
software is secure enough for certain government uses.


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