According to the microchip manufacturer, Microchip Inc, all their products are open to hacking, cloning and tampering. Moreover, as per the manufacturer’s deposition in the US Court of Law, sharing of machine code (object code) is related to sharing the source code of a computer programme.
The most important thing is that Election Commission of India claims that the source code is protected which is completely false.
EVM Safety and Security Features (Extract page 13 subparagraph I, ii & v and page 14 subparagraph vii)[Stated By Election Commission]
- EVM used by the Election Commission is a stand-alone non-networked, one time programmable (OTP) machine, which is neither computer controlled nor connected to the internet or any network; and hence, cannot be ‘Hacked’.
- EVM is electronically protected to prevent any tampering/manipulation. The programme (software) used in these machines is burnt into a One Time Programmable (OTP)/Masked chip so that it cannot be altered or tampered with.
- After successful completion of such evaluation, machine code is given to the microcontroller manufacturer for writing in the microcontrollers. From this machine code, the source code cannot be read. The source code is never handed over to anyone outside the software group of PSUs.
- The source code for the EVM is stored under controlled conditions at all times. Checks and balances are in place to ensure that it is accessible to authorized personnel only.
Statement By Microchip Inc Regarding Code Protect
Microchip products meet the specification contained in their particular Microchip Data Sheet. Microchip believes that its family of products is one of the most secure families of its kind on the market today, when used in an intended manner, to the stated specifications and under normal conditions. There are dishonest and possibly illegal methods used to breach the code protection feature.
All of these methods, to our knowledge, require using the Microchip products in a manner outside the operating specifications contained in Microchip’s Data Sheets. Most likely, the person doing so may be engaged in theft of intellectual property. Microchip is willing to work with the customer who is concerned about the integrity of their code.
“Neither Microchip nor any other semiconductor manufacturer can guarantee the security of their code. Code protection does not mean that we are guaranteeing the product as “unbreakable.””
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