[cryptography] Fwd: [gsc] Fwd: OpenBSD IPSEC backdoor(s)

James A. Donald jamesd at echeque.com
Sat Dec 18 01:13:17 EST 2010


On 2010-12-17 10:42 PM, Ian G wrote:
> (resend, with right sender this time)
>
> On 17/12/10 3:30 PM, Peter Gutmann wrote:
>
>> To put it more succinctly, and to paraphrase Richelieu, give me six
>> lines of
>> code written by the hand of the most honest of coders and I'll find
>> something
>> in there to backdoor.
>
>
> This is the sort of extraordinary claim which I like.
>
> So, how to explore this claim and turn it into some form of
> scientifically validated proposition?
>
> Perhaps we should run a competition?
>
> Come one, come all! Bring your K&R!
>
> Submit the most subtle backdoor into open source crypto thingumyjob.
>
> Win fame, fortune, and a free holiday in a disputed part of Cuba ...
>
> Judged by a panel of extremely crotchety and skeptical cryptoplumbers
>
> (aka, assembled herein).
>
> Fancy?

Suggested restrictions:

Must interoperate with legitimate code.

Must plausibly claim to utilize well known algorithms (while actually 
misusing them or grossly deviating from them.).




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