Is that Michael Dillon the same Michael Dillon who is head of the Ted Kaczynski fan club and the Free Ted movement?
From: Michael Dillon[SMTP:michael @
Sent: Thursday, October 10, 1996 6:07 PM
To: firewalls @
Subject: Re: Checkpoint -
On Thu, 10 Oct 1996, Andrew Molitor wrote:
> Let me stand up and be counted. I think the odds that Checkpoint has
> a back door are almost nil. I think the odds that the story is a complete
> fabrication, invented by someone in a deliberate attempt to discredit
> Checkpoint are quite good. This based on past history of similar stories
> spread about other vendors in other fields, by other people with axes to
> grind. The stories are never true.
Let me grind my axe a little bit more then.
If there is no source code to examine, then how do you know whether it's
true or not? Reverse engineering isn't the answer because it can be
difficult to extrapolate the higher level function of a piece of machine
language code. Even the guy making the claims said that the reverse
engineering only "seemed" to point to a backdoor. And not knowing the
skill level of the reverse engineer and not having access to the source
code, how can we figure out who is right?
Full source code disclosure is the only way, IMHO.
Michael Dillon - ISP & Internet Consulting
Memra Software Inc. - Fax: +1-604-546-3049
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