The unicorn of unhackable software

  • The unicorn of unhackable software

    Posted by Aaron Fuller on January 27, 2022 at 2:51 pm

    I have not not known any software developers who ever claimed that code could be written that was unhackable. While the blockchain narratives do not make the cliam that a blockchain is unhackable, there is a background tone in the discussions that sounds a bit like the unhackable software discussions over the years. To the extent that E business choices will pursue blockchain investments, how do decision makers assess the risks that blockchains, including IDs, wallets, access nodes, are unhackable?

    Bruce Voris replied 2 months, 1 week ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Ricky Porco

    Organizer
    March 2, 2022 at 7:51 am

    It seems naive to approach any risk-assessment of software with the notion that it’s completely unhackable. There also exists, perpetually, the role end-users play in “allowing” themselves to be hacked, or otherwise being manipulated by social engineering methods of gaining private info and simply calling it “backing”. It seems like an additional question to ask would be, how are those positioning the post-software-selection compliance and training in the blockchain era.

  • Bruce Voris

    Member
    March 16, 2022 at 4:48 pm

    OK. Finally got access to post a reply. Among other things, I’m a retired embedded software engineer. It is possible to create non-hackable software. If it’s burned into PROM, once shipped, there is no physical way for it to be modified. However, as soon as you permit any software updates via the net, you’re now vulnerable. You can make this process very ‘robust’. After all, the big boys (e.g., Apple, Microsoft, Google, etc.) permit their software to be updated over the net. However, as soon as you open the back door, you’re vulnerable to bad actors and bugs (that some three letter agengies might call ‘features’).