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Watching an MSNBC interview with Kaspersky and others. There's long been suspicion---Kaspersky Labs being a Russian company---that they can't be trusted. There's numerous classified investigations in the US directed at Kaspersky.

The reporter stated to a former FBI assistant director that Kaspersky offered the source code to the US for review. The response was that that's great, but is that what he is really providing?

This is a world that the free software community will soon be completely immune from with reproducible builds---and we're nearly there. There would be no doubt that some source code is actually what produced a given binary.

Of course, offering the source code for review is another concept we're immune from---we already have it. It doesn't matter that Kaspersky Labs is a Russian company (to me): they're still proprietary. I can't trust them, nor could I trust anyone else who asks me to run their nonfree software. What kind of security is that?
Mark Shane Hayden @msh

@mikegerwitz YES! If any software should be libre-free it is security related stuff! Entrusting the integrity of important systems to something with no ability to examine and verify source code or reproduce binaries first hand is ridiculous. That goes for embedded software and firmware in routers and firewall appliances too.

Yes, Kaspersky is a sketchy Russian outfit, but honestly can you trust Cisco any more than them not to bend over for NSA or FBI for example?

@msh Cisco is dangerous for many the same reasons but involving different actors: Cisco can be compelled by the NSA and FBI; Kaspersky can't. IMO the former is the bigger threat of the two from a privacy/surveillance perspective (at least within the US). The latter is a perfect storm for devastating espionage (if Kaspersky is actually a bad actor or is subject to the hand of one).