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  •  But what about the compiler used to compile (1+ / 0-)
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    the compiler used to compile the compiler used to compile the compiler used to compile the compiler used to compile the compiler used to compile the software?  As Ken Thompson showed, you can't really trust anything.  Oh, and don't forget your ethernet card firmware, your video card firmware, etc all of which can use DMA transfers to access anything on the system regardless of OS security measures.

    You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

    by Throw The Bums Out on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 07:31:42 AM PDT

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    •  It's exceedingly difficult to hack a compiler (1+ / 0-)
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      And there are compiler validation systems that guarantee that the compiler isn't producing a back door.

      Also, how would a compiler know that what it's compiling is encryption related? Arguing that a compiler will insert back doors is a strange argument that ignores what compilers are and how they work.

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      by Sparhawk on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 09:06:03 AM PDT

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