Posted Sep 1, 2011 0:03 UTC (Thu) by njs
In reply to: kernel.org compromised
Parent article: kernel.org compromised
If you can break SHA-1, you have a few options:
- Announce it to the world and instantly become famous for your mathematical genius, then take your pick of jobs in academia, at the NSA, etc.
- Use the secret to screw with world governments, banks, and other such juicy targets. (Risky, but high possible payoff.)
- Crack kernel.org, sneak a short-lived and soon-discovered back-door into the Linux upstream sources (which nobody important uses directly), and then wait to see which major government tracks you down first.
I wouldn't lose any sleep over this.
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