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Re: Diebold Global Election Management System (GEMS) Backdoor Account Allows Authenticated Users to Modify Votes Sep 21 2004 03:05PM
pressinfo diebold com (8 replies)
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Diebold strongly refutes the existence of any "back doors" or "hidden codes" in its GEMS software. These inaccurate allegations appear to stem from those not familiar with the product, misunderstanding the purpose of legitimate structures in the database. These structures are well documented and have been reviewed (including at a source code level) by independent testing authorities as required by federal election regulations.

In addition to the facts stated above, a paper and an electronic record of all cast ballots are retrieved from each individual voting machine following an election. The results from each individual machine are then tabulated, and thoroughly audited during the standard election canvass process. Once the audit is complete, the official winners are announced. Any alleged changes to a vote count in the election management software would be immediately discovered during this audit process, as this total would not match the true official total tabulated from each machine.

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>From: "Jérôme" ATHIAS <jerome.athias (at) caramail (dot) com [email concealed]>

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>Subject: Diebold Global Election Management System (GEMS) Backdoor Account

> Allows Authenticated Users to Modify Votes

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>Date: Tue, 31 Aug 2004 00:38:05 -0400

>Subject: http://www.blackboxvoting.org/?q=node/view/78

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>BlackBoxVoting.org reported a vulnerability in the Diebold GEMS central tabulator.

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>A local authenticated user can enter a two-digit code in a certain "hidden" location

>to cause a second set of votes to be created on the system. This second set of votes

>can be modified by the local user and then read by the voting system as legitimate

>votes, the report said.

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>GEMS 1.18.18, GEMS 1.18.19, and GEMS 1.18.23 are affected.

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>The vendor was reportedly notified on July 8, 2003.

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>Solution: No vendor solution was available at the time of this entry.

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>Vendor URL: www.diebold.com/dieboldes/GEMS.htm (Links to External Site)

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[ reply ]
Re: Diebold Global Election Management System (GEMS) BackdoorAccount Allows Authenticated Users to Modify Votes Sep 22 2004 10:13AM
Mike Ely (me taupehat com) (1 replies)
Re: Diebold Global Election Management System (GEMS) Backdoor Account Allows Authenticated Users to Modify Votes Sep 24 2004 02:01PM
Claudius Li (aprentic sectae net) (3 replies)


 

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