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Re: [opensuse] Re: This is OT, but you guys are gonna love this one!!
  • From: Randall R Schulz <rschulz@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2007 20:34:49 -0800
  • Message-id: <200701112034.49520.rschulz@xxxxxxxxx>
On Thursday 11 January 2007 20:23, Paul Abrahams wrote:
> On Thursday 11 January 2007 8:59 pm, James Knott wrote:
> > > #1 How can I know that the software that I install is the same as
> > > what the source is?
> >
> > Compile from source.
> Many years ago Ken Thompson (or maybe it was Dennis Ritchie) gave the
> ACM Turing Lecture on, essentially, coding tricks. He showed how it
> was possible to booby-trap a compiler using repeated bootstraps in
> such a way that the compiler was corrupted, yet its visible source
> code was clean. Recompiling the compiler would retain the
> corruption. And such a corrupted compiler could do anything, of
> course.

Which, of course, leads us directly to those commie Gnu types, since
they control gcc _and_ define the GPL!

To quote Monty Burns (a true capitalist in its finest tradition):
"Damn their oily hides!"
(thunder clap)

> Paul

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