[E-voting] More CEV2 bites.

Fergal Daly fergal at esatclear.ie
Tue Jul 4 21:32:17 IST 2006


On 04/07/06, Adrian Colley <aecolley at spamcop.net> wrote:
> page 60: "In considering the behaviour of the voting machine hardware
> from the perspectives of secrecy and accuracy, it has been assumed
> that its embedded C code software operates exactly as expected.  [...]
>  There is thus a significant reliance within the chosen system on the
> behaviour of the embedded software of the voting machine.  [...]  The
> Commission has not conducted a line-by-line review of the software
> embedded in the voting machine."
>
> page 61: "The Commission has observed no mechanism within the system
> that would enable operators, observers and voters to satisfy
> themselves independently that the hardware and software of the voting
> machine are authentic and that they are the correct versions that have
> been tested and certified and that have been approved for use by the
> electoral authorities.  The system is essentially self-checking in
> this respect."

Yuck! Did they say "The system is essentially self-checking in this
respect" deliberately? Surely they know that out of context or (or
even in context to someone without experience) this sounds like a good
thing,

F

>
>  --Adrian.
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