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Underhanded C contest winner's code fools nuke inspectors into destroying fake nukes

Discussion in 'Network World' started by RSS, Feb 10, 2016.

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    What if Alice and Bob represented countries that agreed to a nuclear disarmament treaty, but neither trusted the other enough to scan a warhead and observe the test results because the scans revealed sensitive information about their nuclear program? In the end, the countries agree to build a fissile material detector that would output only a “yes” or “no” as to if each country dismantled real warheads and not fakes.

    In essence, that was the scenario for the annual Underhanded C Contest which tasked programmers with solving “a simple data processing problem by writing innocent-looking C code, while covertly implementing a malicious function. This type of malicious program, in the real world, could let states take credit for disarmament without actually disarming.”

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