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Bill Bored Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-14-06 11:59 PM
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Did the State of Maryland know about Hursti's latest in 2004?
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There has been a lot of talk about recycling lately, and it's not all coming from the Greens (bless their hearts)! :thumbsup:

I said we should judge Hursti's work on its own merits, so here's an excerpt from the RABA Technologies report on the Diebold crap prepared for the state of MD in Jan 2004.

From Page 19 of the Jan 20, 2004 report:

3. Load a PCMCIA card with an update file. The PCMCIA card can be used to update
the software on the AccuVote-TS terminal. This can be done by placing a PCMCIA
card with an update file into the terminal and rebooting the terminal. The update file
allows an attacker to overwrite any file on the system. Furthermore, by using this
technique an attacker can install his own version of the ballot station software giving
him the ability to completely invalidate all the results on that terminal. If he
compromises the AccuVote-TS terminal used as the accumulator, he can
compromise the entire precinct results.


And here's the linky-poo:
http://www.raba.com/press/TA_Report_AccuVote.pdf

Now, honestly, doesn't this sound remarkably like at least some of the findings in the latest Hursti report -- like maybe the most important one -- that you can reboot a Diebold DRE and load malicious software?

OK, good.

Now, if Hursti has discovered some new vulnerabilities, that's fine and I applaud him for it. But before we mortgage the house and send the kids' college fund and the 401K off to BBV.org, we need to know how new they really are, right? Hursti should have at least cited RABA's work, don't you think?

Now, what the hell is going on in PA?
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