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Re: How NSA access was built into Windows



On Monday 15 January 2007 00:23, Claude Jones wrote:
> On Mon January 15 2007 12:06 am, Peter Gordon wrote:
> > The thing about Windows is that it is entirely
> > proprietary: Only Microsoft and select others can look
> > at the source code (and perhaps not even the whole of
> > it).
> >
> > SELinux, on the other hand, is entirely Free. It, like
> > other kernel/security projects, is scrutinized by a
> > great many (several hundred? thousand(s)?) developers
> > from around the globe; not just one owner. Had anything
> > similar found its way into SELinux, it would be quickly
> > removed and the committing developer removed from the
> > project most likely. :)
>
> I would think that you're right, but that's just
> surmising on my part. I did check just now for the
> supposed offending "ADVAPI.DLL" in the c: \windows\system
> directory on my XP vm that's running on this machine.
> It's not there - there's an advapi32.dll in the
> c:\windows\system32 folder, but, that certainly raises a
> flag in my mind about the article.

I clicked on the link that is supposed to tell you how to 
replace the NSAkey and here is what I got.

Not Found
The requested URL /hottopics/msft-nsa/ReplaceNsaKey.zip was 
not found on this server.

So I cleared that part of the address string to just 
http://www.cryptonym.com/

and here is what I got

Yes, this is the website of Cryptonym Corporation (of 
the "NSA Key" fame).

I hope to, sometime in the near future, put a brief 
explanation the whole story online, so stay tuned...

>
> I really cited that article more to raise the issue of
> Selinux and the NSA. I've never seen any discussion on
> this list about that, and I've wondered why. Being an
> American, and living in my country under the current
> administration, the matter has certainly raised questions
> in my own mind. I'm not personally concerned about who
> sees what on my machines, but the broader issue involved
> is still relevant concerning questions of over-reaching
> govt. and erosion of civil liberties, and protections
> against unsupervised warrantless surveillance
>
> I mostly find it curious that the matter just hasn't even
> come up... --
> Claude Jones
> Brunswick, MD, USA


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