The Fallacy of Controlling Smartmatic’s Source Code

A lot of hype has been made in reviewing and securing the source code of Smartmatic’s Election Management System that will be used during the Philippine 2016 elections. But will that address “cheating”? I think not… And this is why!

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Before anything else, I am not a computer expert nor a techno guy. But I have some things to say about the fuzz in securing source codes.

A lot of hype has been made in reviewing and securing the source code of Smartmatic’s Election Management System. Based on what I know, the format of the source code, which is usually readable, is very much different from the compiled executable files which becomes a machine language. Practically, the executable program that is finally loaded into a computing machine usually becomes “unreadable” and not even a computer expert, without the necessary decompiling tools, can actually vouch if the executable program really matches the source code.

Having said that, this is a grim scenario where cheating may occur. A programmer secretly replaces the executable program loaded in a machine which will allow him to “remotely” access the system without passing through its “secured…

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