Open Source Operating System has FBI backdoor, claims contractor

Liam Tung
IT News

The cryptography of open source operating system OpenBSD was rigged with FBI-sponsored backdoors a decade ago, a former government contractor has told OpenBSD founder Theo De Raadt.

A ‘backdoor‘ is an algorithm or rootkit written to allow a third party to bypass usual security controls and gain access to a system.

“I wanted to make you aware of the fact that the FBI implemented a number of backdoors,” Gregory Perry, former chief technology officer at former government contractor, Netsec, told De Raadt in an email.

De Raadt on Wednesday published the emailed allegation to give others a chance to review the code and allow those claimed to be involved to defend themselves.

Code donated by Perry and his team for OpenBSD were for the “IPSEC” or internet protocol security component of the system, said De Raadt.

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