OpenBSD chief believes contractor tried to write backdoors
Dec 22, 2010, 17:32 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The lead developer of the OpenBSD operating system
says that he believes that a government contracting firm that
contributed code to his project "was probably contracted to write
backdoors," which would grant secret access to encrypted
"Posting to an OpenBSD discussion list Tuesday, Theo de Raadt
said that while he now believes that a company called Netsec may
have been involved in backdoors, he doesn't think that any of this
software made it into the OpenBSD code base.
"The controversy was kicked off last week, after former Netsec
CEO Gregory Perry e-mailed de Raadt privately, to warn him that
there might be 10-year-old bugs in the software that OpenBSD uses
for secure Internet communications. Perry said that the back door
code was developed as a way for the U.S. Federal Bureau of
Investigation to monitor encrypted communications within the U.S.
Department of Justice."