[E-voting] PTB and Zerflow reports

John Bernard Lambe icte-jlambe at johnlambe.com
Mon Mar 22 00:36:33 GMT 2004


In the PTB report
(http://evoting.cs.may.ie/FoI_request/PB_ESI1_IRL_v2_833-130-02.htm),
notes 3 and 4 (sections 1.3 and 1.4) state that any "unauthorised
alterations" of the voting machine or its software by an unauthorised
person can be detected by checking the displayed version numbers.
This is nonsense, since if someone fraudulently modified it, it would
be logical for him/her not to change the version number.

Notes 9, 10 and 35 show that they decided not to regression test
certain requirements, which is hardly good practice (they *shouldn't*
have been affected by the change, but the purpose of regression testing
is to ensure that the things which shouldn't be affected aren't
affected).



Which recommendations in the Zerflow report have been implemented?

Section 1.1.1 of the Nathean Architectural Assessment & Code Review of
IES  states
  "the Department is putting in place robust installation and usage
procedures".

Have any new procedures been defined (installation/usage or otherwise)?


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