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October 21, 2011 5:50:20 PM

I jsut ordered a pack of 5 ubuntu cd's from the officla ubuntu site. I am wondering if customs open up the package, and possibly even edit the software in the cd, due to ''suspicion''?
October 21, 2011 6:22:21 PM

Do you A.) Really think that they have that much time, or B.) Are tech savvy enough to edit a Linux Live CD?

What would be suspicious about it? What would they change? If you're really that paranoid, why not just download the *.iso and burn your own CD's?
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October 22, 2011 4:43:11 AM

I dunno, man, the government firewall might catch the bits mid-flight and mangle them into, you know, some sort of an invisible call-home daemon that tracks your every move and funnels all your searches through Fox News, man! Fight the power!
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October 22, 2011 11:48:10 AM

A couple of points here:

1. You don't know where PcEthuaist is so which border is being crossed.
2. Given that US flyers have had issues with the TSA because their laptop only booted to a shell and not a GUI is suspicion not already high even in the USA?
3. Intercepting and changing bits was exactly what Phorm did here in the UK.

The fact that the OP orders CD rather than downloads them should always make people wonder where they are as it certainly hints at slow connections.
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October 22, 2011 12:05:39 PM

Pyroflea said:
Do you A.) Really think that they have that much time, or B.) Are tech savvy enough to edit a Linux Live CD?

What would be suspicious about it? What would they change? If you're really that paranoid, why not just download the *.iso and burn your own CD's?


Are they tech-savvy enough to edit a burnt (commercial grade) CD?

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October 24, 2011 2:31:43 AM

The first lines of defense to ensure the integrity of the CD's are the MD5 hash totals from the source web site.

Are there any known instances where CD's were tampered with while preserving the integrity of the MD5 hash totals?
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October 24, 2011 2:13:15 PM

I believe somebody showed it was theoretically possible but I've yet to hear of a proof. It's far easier to just print the same graphics on a new CD with a different check sum. That is something I have heard off.
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October 25, 2011 12:17:53 AM

yea I guess i'm paranoid, well they are delaying my cd's in usps, usps has been 'preparing' them for delivery for a week.
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October 27, 2011 1:08:15 PM

PcEthuaist said:
yea I guess i'm paranoid, well they are delaying my cd's in usps, usps has been 'preparing' them for delivery for a week.

Sounds like a case of Hanlon's razor
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