[ISN] China next to get access to Microsoft source code

From: InfoSec News (isnat_private)
Date: Mon Mar 03 2003 - 01:25:28 PST

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    By Joris Evers
    IDG News Service
    FEBRUARY 28, 2003
    China has signed up to participate in Microsoft Corp.'s new Government
    Security Program (GSP), giving the Chinese government access to the
    source code of Windows operating system software, Microsoft said in a
    statement today.
    The agreement was signed by Microsoft and the China Information
    Technology Security Certification Center. Chinese President Jiang
    Zemin was briefed on the GSP today by Microsoft Chairman and Chief
    Software Architect Bill Gates, who is visiting China, Microsoft said.
    The company announced its GSP initiative last month in a bid to allay
    concerns about the security of its software. The GSP is open to
    governments and international organizations. GSP participants receive
    access to the source code and technical information of several
    versions of Windows software needed to conduct security reviews of the
    products, the software maker said.
    Russia, the U.K. and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization have
    already signed up to participate in the GSP, and Microsoft is in talks
    with more than 30 countries, territories and organizations about the
    Governments signing up for the security program will be able to build
    systems that offer the high levels of security required for national
    security, Microsoft has said. However, government users won't be
    allowed to make modifications to the code or compile the source code
    into Windows programs themselves, according to Microsoft.
    The GSP is also seen as a move in Microsoft's battle against
    open-source software, primarily the Linux operating system, edging
    into government administration all around the globe. An open-source
    license allows users to access and modify the source code. Government
    users in Finland, Germany, France, Taiwan and the Philippines, among
    other countries, have already adopted open-source software or are
    looking into doing so.
    Participation in the GSP is free. The program covers current versions,
    service packs and beta releases of Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows
    Server 2003 and Windows CE. In addition, government IT professionals
    can visit Microsoft headquarters to review Windows development and
    meet with Microsoft staff. Online access to the source code is secured
    by smart cards.
    Microsoft sees the GSP as an important part of its Trustworthy
    Computing initiative, an effort announced by Gates last year to
    improve the security of its software.
    Microsoft shares Windows code with governments, companies and
    educational institutions under various programs that are part of its
    Shared Source Initiative announced in 2001. The GSP is different in
    that Microsoft sees it as a partnership with a country or
    international organization and that it does not require a country or
    organization to be a Microsoft customer in order to participate.
    "Communications without intelligence is noise;  Intelligence
    without communications is irrelevant." Gen Alfred. M. Gray, USMC
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