[Foundation-l] Wikia leasing office space to WMF

Brian Brian.Mingus at colorado.edu
Sat Jan 24 15:37:58 UTC 2009

> If the CIA were to hand you a improved-mediawiki binary, sure
PHP is an interpreted language. Surely you wouldn't use someone elses byte

On Sat, Jan 24, 2009 at 8:32 AM, Platonides <Platonides at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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