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    Re: Does Ubuntu have malicious NSA code?

    Quote Originally Posted by Soul-Sing View Post
    No ubuntu user will "check" the kernel code. Sorry. It is all about trust. Really.
    Maybe not, but the hundreds of self-righteous and dedicated kernel developers no doubt will. It may be about trust for Ubuntu users, but they only have to trust the kernel developers, who do not have to trust anyone.

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    Re: Does Ubuntu have malicious NSA code?

    One other thing to keep in mind, is that Linus personally checks all commits that go into the kernel. As you may have seen, he can be quite crusty about some of the patches/new code submitted for inclusion in the kernel.

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    Oh, I think there are words other than "crusty" that could apply to Linus!

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    Re: Does Ubuntu have malicious NSA code?

    Quote Originally Posted by QIII View Post
    Oh, I think there are words other than "crusty" that could apply to Linus!
    I was being polite.

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    Re: Does Ubuntu have malicious NSA code?

    Quote Originally Posted by Soul-Sing View Post
    Big "things", like google, facebook, etc etc, are easily blocked by, via etc/hosts, or a few lines in IPTABLES.
    I cobbled together a script some time ago that downloads lists of tracking servers and creates an /etc/hosts file that blocks a whole lot of stuff. Usually, this is faster than a browser plugin and, because it's a hosts file, works outside the browser, too -- in your email client, for instance.

    See it on the Kubuntu forum -- http://www.kubuntuforums.net/showthread.php?56419
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    Re: Does Ubuntu have malicious NSA code?

    Quote Originally Posted by steveriley View Post
    I cobbled together a script some time ago that downloads lists of tracking servers and creates an /etc/hosts file that blocks a whole lot of stuff. Usually, this is faster than a browser plugin and, because it's a hosts file, works outside the browser, too -- in your email client, for instance.

    See it on the Kubuntu forum -- http://www.kubuntuforums.net/showthread.php?56419
    thx a bunch!

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    Re: Does Ubuntu have malicious NSA code?

    Quote Originally Posted by deadflowr View Post
    The only thing I see as a means of backdoors and sharing would be bad coding, allowing exploits of said sharing features.
    Have you ever read Ken Thompson's Turing lecture to the ACM ( http://cm.bell-labs.com/who/ken/trust.html )? It's quite illuminating as to the possibilities -- and the openness of the early Unix code offered to protection at all against Ken's backdoor (although one might have found it in the compiler itself)...

    EDIT: Actually, in those long-gone days when it was still legal to do so, I actually disassembled the entire code for MS-DOS 4.0, in preparation for a book that I was writing at the time. I didn't find any backdoors, but I wasn't looking for them either. I did find a number of places where the actual operating code failed to implement the actions described in the official manuals for the system, however. One example is that "binary" output, if sent to a printer or display, still translated tab and newline characters, making it impossible to use the normal system functions to print or display bitmaps since every 0x09 byte would be replaced by a variable number of 0x20 bytes!
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    Re: Does Ubuntu have malicious NSA code?

    NSA Android coding; still wondering about NSA in Ubuntu?

    http://refreshingnews99.blogspot.in/...r-googles.html

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    Re: Does Ubuntu have malicious NSA code?

    It is not "malicious code"---it protects us from terrorists!

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    Re: Does Ubuntu have malicious NSA code?

    Quote Originally Posted by HermanAB View Post
    Not directly to the NSA no - however, Canonical does collect data about your search terms and those gets sent to third party advertizers, which may be snooped on by 5 different three letter agencies and 10 criminal syndicates. Instead of worrying about the NSA, I am more concerned about the latter.

    So, if you are running vanilla Ubuntu with Unity, consider changing to Xubuntu or Kubuntu, since default Ubuntu is basically spyware in the Google Analytics and Microsoft Alexa tradition.
    Just for those newbies who don't know, Unity's online search capability can be disabled by switching button to off in the system settings --> Privacy utility.

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