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  •  Much trickier than that! (0+ / 0-)

    You can create back doors no one will see in code.  How?  You've got to write it in a way that no one detects.  It can be done, and with as much code there is to proof read, it's not so difficult to slip a nasty, virtually undetectable bug in there somewhere (provided you have the skills).

    Second.  Do you really trust your compiler?  You're distro's security ain't notin' if the compiler has been compromised.  Read the discussions on Slashdot, HackerNews, etc regarding compiler security, and be prepared to get paranoid.

    "So what if a guy threw a shoe at me!"

    by FoodChillinMFr on Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 09:35:48 PM PDT

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    •  If you want to be that paranoid, do you trust (1+ / 0-)
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      your hardware?  One of the things we learned back in the dawn of time was 'microcode', wherein you programmed at the individual register level, far deeper than any of the languages 99% of programmers write in nowadays, with the modern languages layered on top.  Hack things at that level, and it won't matter what is written in the languages upstream.

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