[Foundation-l] Wikia leasing office space to WMF

Platonides Platonides at gmail.com
Sat Jan 24 15:32:30 UTC 2009

Nikola Smolenski wrote:
> Given that we know that NSA conducts massive illegal spying operations, there 
> is possibility that selinux is altered in a fashion that will make it easier 
> for NSA to spy on selinux' users. I don't know what are CIA's contributions 
> to MediaWiki, but unless it is trivial to review them, I would not accept 
> them.

If the CIA were to hand you a improved-mediawiki binary, sure. You could
very well be suspicious about it. But we're talking about open source.
They would be providing the changes, which are to be reviewed, like any
other code, or perhaps even more, due to coming from the CIA.

Take into account that CIA and NSA need good software, too. So if they
add a backdoor, they would need to add it *and* at the same time make it
easy to protect from it, as they wouldn't want their own systems spied
by their own rootkit (and someone will end up forgetting to apply it).

Instead, contributing good fixes, make everything easier.

OTOH I encourage you to review selinux. That would make a great heading
'Nikola Smolenski discovers NSA backdoor on Linux code'

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