Translation of that German reply about LinuxTag

Frank Heckenbach frank at
Thu Jul 19 20:29:29 UTC 2001

Werner Koch wrote:

> > making a version of Linux -- hmm, the NSA *is* making a version of
> > Linux ... ;-).
> That is a pretty good thing for 2 reasons:  They probably have a couple
> of good hackers working on it who will and can detect and fix flaws in
> the code.  One can be pretty sure that the community will then do a
> thorough analysis of the NSA changes to the code base; which for
> itself is a very Good Thing.

Yes, these are good things. OTOH, if the NSA really wants to
introduce a back-door in a way like the LM AFJ or even more
intricate, I'd say there's at least a chance they'd succeed ...


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