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China to Patch Flaws in Green Dam Censorware

In a detailed analysis last week, Scott Wolchok, Randy Yao, and J. Alex Halderman from the Computer Science and Engineering Division at the University of Michigan claimed to have found two major security vulnerabilities after only one day of testing the Green Dam software.

According to the report, the first vulnerability is an error in the way the software processes web sites it monitors, which the second is a bug in the way the software installs blacklist updates. However, both allow remote parties to execute arbitrary code and take control of the computer.

Speaking to the English language publication, China Daily, Zhang Chemin, general manager of Jinhui Computer System Engineering admitted that there were flaws, "just like any other software of this type" but went on to say that the company specializes in “producing internet filtering software rather than security.”

Zhang told CD that the government had asked the company to rush release security patches to fix the problems. "The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology told us to make the software safer as soon as a series of security vulnerabilities were found." Adding that programmers were working non-stop to develop fixes.

China has ordered that starting July 1, all computers must ship with the Green Dam software pre-installed on their computers. According to the Chinese government, the software is supposed to filter out pornographic content, however, recent analysis shows it also filters out political phrases too.

  • starryman
    And what do they plan on doing with SPAM? We can't even filter out male enlargement and nigerian scams.
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  • tenor77
    Individual thoughts were still getting through!

    Resistance is futile
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  • tayb
    I went to public school. Internet filters don't work. It doesn't even require "hacking" or anything of the sort. They just don't catch everything. If I wanted to look at porn I could do it with just a little effort.
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  • Pei-chen
    Don't really know why this is still headline news but I see this vulnerability as no different than the vulnerability in EA download manager, Apple updates, Adobe update manager, etc.
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  • jerther
    China has ordered that starting July 1, all computers must ship with the Green Dam software pre-installed on their computers.

    I just thought about something... Will users be able to uninstall it? :)
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  • tenor77
    JertherI just thought about something... Will users be able to uninstall it?
    If they took a lesson from EA then the answer would be "No"
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  • B-Unit
    Pei-chenDon't really know why this is still headline news but I see this vulnerability as no different than the vulnerability in EA download manager, Apple updates, Adobe update manager, etc.Except that no government requires EA download manager, Apple updates, or Adobe updates to be installed on every PC sold.
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  • mavroxur
    "However, both allow remote parties to execute arbitrary code and take control of the computer."


    Ah, so the software is working exactly as the government designed it to I see....

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  • grieve
    FAIL
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  • Hanin33
    so, what ever happened to the idea that people could do whatever they wished to in their part of the world? sure it doesn't meet up to the 'standards' of the moment elsewhere... but has anyone stopped to think that that's just fine with the people this directly concerns? maybe our way of life isn't how they wish to lead theirs? are we not just projecting wot we interpret the way 'it should be' with the way we want them to live? i don't agree that a government should be allowed that much control over their constituents lives... but i also do not live in china and would move if that were the case here in the USA. i'm just saying.. *shrugs*
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