Cisco vs Huawei - US NSA vs Chinese Gov - Whose Backdoors Do You Trust? We Should Go Open Source Instead
Whilst its true Cisco has had 7 security backdoors discovered in their devices during 2018 and the US's NSA is frantically pointing fingers at Huawei, I'm not aware actually of similar backdoors being discovered on the Huawei devices apart from the unsubstantiated Bloomberg report.
It may be that the Chinese are far cleverer than Cisco, it may be that both are spying on us, or maybe neither are... We don't know. It may just boil down to which superpower you trust most if you assume both are spying on us (we know both are spying on their own citizens, as are many governments nowadays). The US has already been caught out spying on their German allies, and the French government ordered their diplomats to stop using WhatsApp messenger.
It is high time that open source software started moving seriously into enterprise routing (it has done supercomputers, servers, desktops, cars, home routers, watches, phones, etc).
Well, the Free Range Routing project has been taking aim at Cisco with the server-as-router project and there are similar projects around (like ClearOS, OpenWRT, etc). Ultimately this lets a government or an enterprise have the software code audited, then compiled under its control, and working with some assurance that the software is not spying on you. A bonus is you can also likely use far cheaper hardware (this has been seen in the home router market where a cheaper devices scores all the really high-end software functionality through the likes of DD-WRT and others.
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