[nycbug-talk] Fwd: Allegations regarding OpenBSD IPSEC

Siraaj Khandkar siraaj at khandkar.net
Tue Dec 14 22:03:55 EST 2010

Anyone else noticed this? Any thoughts?

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Theo de Raadt <deraadt at cvs.openbsd.org>
> Date: 14 December 2010 16:18:27 EST
> To: security-announce at openbsd.org
> Subject: Allegations regarding OpenBSD IPSEC
> I have received a mail regarding the early development of the OpenBSD
> IPSEC stack.  It is alleged that some ex-developers (and the company
> they worked for) accepted US government money to put backdoors into
> our network stack, in particular the IPSEC stack.  Around 2000-2001.
> Since we had the first IPSEC stack available for free, large parts of
> the code are now found in many other projects/products.  Over 10
> years, the IPSEC code has gone through many changes and fixes, so it
> is unclear what the true impact of these allegations are.
> The mail came in privately from a person I have not talked to for
> nearly 10 years.  I refuse to become part of such a conspiracy, and
> will not be talking to Gregory Perry about this.  Therefore I am
> making it public so that
>    (a) those who use the code can audit it for these problems,
>    (b) those that are angry at the story can take other actions,
>    (c) if it is not true, those who are being accused can defend themselves.
> Of course I don't like it when my private mail is forwarded.  However
> the "little ethic" of a private mail being forwarded is much smaller
> than the "big ethic" of government paying companies to pay open source
> developers (a member of a community-of-friends) to insert
> privacy-invading holes in software.
> ----
> From: Gregory Perry <Gregory.Perry at GoVirtual.tv>
> To: "deraadt at openbsd.org" <deraadt at openbsd.org>
> Subject: OpenBSD Crypto Framework
> Thread-Topic: OpenBSD Crypto Framework
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> Date: Sat, 11 Dec 2010 23:55:25 +0000
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> Hello Theo,
> Long time no talk.  If you will recall, a while back I was the CTO at
> NETSEC and arranged funding and donations for the OpenBSD Crypto
> Framework.  At that same time I also did some consulting for the FBI,
> for their GSA Technical Support Center, which was a cryptologic
> reverse engineering project aimed at backdooring and implementing key
> escrow mechanisms for smart card and other hardware-based computing
> technologies.
> My NDA with the FBI has recently expired, and I wanted to make you
> aware of the fact that the FBI implemented a number of backdoors and
> side channel key leaking mechanisms into the OCF, for the express
> purpose of monitoring the site to site VPN encryption system
> implemented by EOUSA, the parent organization to the FBI.  Jason
> Wright and several other developers were responsible for those
> backdoors, and you would be well advised to review any and all code
> commits by Wright as well as the other developers he worked with
> originating from NETSEC.
> This is also probably the reason why you lost your DARPA funding, they
> more than likely caught wind of the fact that those backdoors were
> present and didn't want to create any derivative products based upon
> the same.
> This is also why several inside FBI folks have been recently
> advocating the use of OpenBSD for VPN and firewalling implementations
> in virtualized environments, for example Scott Lowe is a well
> respected author in virtualization circles who also happens top be on
> the FBI payroll, and who has also recently published several tutorials
> for the use of OpenBSD VMs in enterprise VMware vSphere deployments.
> Merry Christmas...
> Gregory Perry
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