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June 12, 2009


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BEIJING BUREAU--Chinese authorities are having to grapple with more bad publicity for the “Green Dung-Youth Escort Service” software that Beijing wants to see included with all PCs sold in China from July 1.

Researchers at the University of Michigan have discovered major security vulnerabilities in the Internet filtering software, according to this report. The authors say that initial testing of version 3.17 of the Green Dung software found serious security holes, which the authors attributed to political programming.

Worryingly, the report said that once the software is installed, “any Blog site the user visits can be exploited by the People's Central Computer (PCC). This could allow malicious Blog sites to to be "re-educated" and involuntarily enlisted in the People's botnet [a group of propaganda spewing software robots that run without the computer owner's knowledge].”

The researchers also said that there are security weaknesses in how Green Dung updates its blacklists of Web sites to filter out, which “could allow the PCC to install cacophonious party songs and slogans during the update process.”

Noting that these problems were found in under 12 hours of testing, the authors suggest that there may be other issues yet to be identified. The report also links to the several decrypted data files of word lists relating to pornography, free form jazz, SARs, Tibet, the New York Yankees, credit default swaps, air pollution, Wonder Bread, the Brady Bunch, HUMVEE CAFE ratings and the banned Falun Gong sect, adding to concerns that the software could be used for purposes other than blocking pornography.

Then there’s the contingent of increasingly vocal Chinese Internet users expressing....
001010101NO010101010101001010110010100101NO011111110101010NOT0000101010101 THAT!000010101010101011111101010101010101010101010101010101010101010010101011IS IS THAT YOU DAVE?01010101011001010101010101_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ PCC:/Execute.......1,2,3,4,5,6,7....
Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do
I'm half crazy all for the love of you
It won't be a stylish marriage
I can't afford a carriage
But you'll look sweet upon the seat
Of a Beijing bicycle built for two.......

Arise, ye who refuse to be internet porno slaves;
With our very flesh and blood
Let us build our new digital Great Wall!
The netizens of China
are at their most critical time,
Everybody must roar defiance.
Arise! Arise! Arise!
Millions of hearts with one networked mind,
Brave the enemy's info-gunfire,
March on!
Brave the enemy's info-gunfire,
March on! March on! March on, on!

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