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The Linux Backdoor Attempt of 2003

Ed Felten of Freedom to Tinker comments:

Josh wrote recently about a serious security bug that appeared in Debian Linux back in 2006, and whether it was really a back door inserted by the NSA. (He concluded that it probably was not.)

Today I want to write about another incident, in 2003, in which someone tried to backdoor the Linux kernel. This one was definitely an attempt to insert a backdoor. But we don’t know who it was that made the attempt–and we probably never will.

A fascinating look at how a backdoor might be introduced into a source tree branch. And the power of open source. Visibility kept this from happening a decade ago. What to say it didn’t happen elsewhere?

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Tom Hollingsworth

Tom Hollingsworth is a networking professional, blogger, and speaker on advanced technology topics. He is also an organizer for networking and wireless for Tech Field Day.  His blog can be found at

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