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China defends new mandatory filtering software

Postby Egaladeist » Sat Sep 19, 2009 1:50 pm

BEIJING – Big Brother has been watching internet users for years in China, blocking access to websites, deleting material and routinely shutting down sites the government considers offensive – political or otherwise.

But soon, Big Brother will have a new weapon in his arsenal.

Starting July 1, the Chinese government will ensure that all computers made or sold in China are pre-loaded with blocking software.

This will give the government – already known for its extraordinary information control – even greater power over the free flow of information and ideas inside the country.

The news was posted yesterday on the website of a company that will provide the software to computer manufacturers, in keeping with a directive issued by the Chinese government.

Called "Green Dam," the software aims to halt "the poisoning of our (Chinese) youth's minds by harmful information from the internet," the government's directive says.

Free expression advocates are condemning the move.

"First comes the arrest of dissident bloggers and now comes the time for surveillance that is built-in to the computers themselves," said the Paris-based organization, Reporters Without Borders.

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/647740
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Re: China defends new mandatory filtering software

Postby keezel » Sat Sep 19, 2009 10:48 pm

As unlikely as it sounds, I hope someone compromises Green Dam...for multiple reasons. For one, it would open the eyes of the world's various government's and they might begin to think twice before risking such powerful tools falling into someone else's hands. If someone accessed such a tool, it would constitute a compromise of a nation's security on a greater scale than ever before possible.
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Re: China defends new mandatory filtering software

Postby imnogeek » Mon Sep 21, 2009 2:22 pm

it's broke already ..

Summary We have discovered remotely-exploitable vulnerabilities in Green Dam, the censorship software reportedly mandated by the Chinese government. Any web site a Green Dam user visits can take control of the PC.

According to press reports, China will soon require all PCs sold in the country to include Green Dam. This software monitors web sites visited and other activity on the computer and blocks adult content as well as politically sensitive material.

We examined the Green Dam software and found that it contains serious security vulnerabilities due to programming errors. Once Green Dam is installed, any web site the user visits can exploit these problems to take control of the computer. This could allow malicious sites to steal private data, send spam, or enlist the computer in a botnet. In addition, we found vulnerabilities in the way Green Dam processes blacklist updates that could allow the software makers or others to install malicious code during the update process.

We found these problems with less than 12 hours of testing, and we believe they may be only the tip of the iceberg. Green Dam makes frequent use of unsafe and outdated programming practices that likely introduce numerous other vulnerabilities. Correcting these problems will require extensive changes to the software and careful retesting. In the meantime, we recommend that users protect themselves by uninstalling Green Dam immediately.


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Re: China defends new mandatory filtering software

Postby keezel » Mon Sep 21, 2009 7:32 pm

Wow.

:uhm:

I'm guessing they didn't think this through. This will be rich. I look forward to when it goes live and someone writes a conficker-esque worm to pwn all of China.
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Re: China defends new mandatory filtering software

Postby Russia » Thu Oct 01, 2009 9:39 pm

keezel wrote:Wow.

:uhm:

I'm guessing they didn't think this through. This will be rich. I look forward to when it goes live and someone writes a conficker-esque worm to pwn all of China.


I wouldnt be surprised if that day isnt too far off :hysterical:
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