Re: [SystemSafety] Static Analysis

From: Derek M Jones < >
Date: Fri, 28 Feb 2014 02:35:38 +0000


Les,

> You seem to be suggesting that one should let truth stand in the way of a
> good story!

Not to mention the bare-knuckle political fighting going on over this implementation.

> Let me speak plainly. The point of my weeping is: the archetypal behaviour
> we are witnessing here. In common with the safety critical domain, the
> computer security domain is redolent with good process, cornucopia of

I don't have reliable information on the security issues. But lets look at this project as an implementation problem.

Like people on this list my background involves producing software (compilers+related tools) that cannot be shipped to customers until they work as advertised. Over the last few years I have become a convert to being more flexible for some kinds of implementation.

If you have to implement a system quickly, where there is lots uncertainty about what needs to be done and how to do it, there are advantages to rolling out partially working systems. You get to learn a lot.

Yes, partially working systems+lots of faults cause grief and have a financial cost. Every application domain has its level of livable collateral damage.

Would the design it first and do it 'properly' (whatever that might be) approach have gotten a collection of working Obamacare systems up on time (one in each state)? We will never know.

I don't think we should dismiss the suck it and see approach. It does have some advantages.

Do I think the Obamacare implementors explicitly took this approach? If they did they had better keep it secret. Suck it and see is all very well in an internet startup, but not an approach politicians are likely to agree to using on an important project.

> excellent white papers, technical literature, war stories and battalions of
> experts.
> But the people at the coalface doing the work aren't listening!
> Les
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: systemsafety-bounces_at_xxxxxx > [mailto:systemsafety-bounces_at_xxxxxx > Derek M Jones
> Sent: Friday, February 28, 2014 11:00 AM
> To: systemsafety_at_xxxxxx > Subject: Re: [SystemSafety] Static Analysis
>
> Les,
>
>> a testimony to a US Congress oversight committee on security
> vulnerabilities
>> in the Obama care system: healthcare.gov. It makes you weep.
>
> Weep because it contains so much nonsense that people might
> take seriously?
>
> 500 million lines of code?
>
> Ok, so they added up the source of Linux say 50 Million,
> Microsoft Windows was 40 Million last time I heard but lets
> say another 50 Million.
>
> Then there are all the BSD variants, but they are not large,
> say 20 Million all in. They probably have some Solaris,
> Oracle (no idea how much code is in that), plus all the
> IBM stuff. Let's say another 150 Million.
>
> Well that gets us half way to 500 Million
>
>> Crowd Sourced Investigations LLC, Testimony of Morgan Wright, CEO, Before
>> the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology,
>
> "We are a no-cost resource for federal, state and local
> law enforcement that uses the power of social media and crowdsourcing to
> solve
> crime, return the missing and protect our children."
>
> I'm sure they are very good at this. They need to take a take a few
> classes before saying anything too technical about software.
>
>>
>>
> http://www.projectauditors.com/Papers/Troubled_Projects/HHRG-113-SY-WState-M
>> Wright-20131119.pdf
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> From: systemsafety-bounces_at_xxxxxx >> [mailto:systemsafety-bounces_at_xxxxxx >> Mike Rothon
>> Sent: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 9:25 PM
>> To: systemsafety_at_xxxxxx >> Subject: Re: [SystemSafety] Static Analysis
>>
>>
>>
>> On 25/02/14 20:40, Peter Bernard Ladkin wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>> It`'s hard to believe. Does stuff like this happen in the safety-critical
>> area to leading companies still?
>>
>>
>>
>> I appreciate that these may not be because of a lack of static analysis,
> but
>> this caught my eye a little while back:
>>
>>
> http://www.computerweekly.com/news/2240207488/US-researchers-find-25-securit
>> y-vulnerabilities-in-SCADA-systems
>>
>> And it was interesting to see this mentioned in the Graham Cluley blog
>> linked from The Guardian article.
>>
>> ReVuln's website declares that it can provide details of undisclosed and
>> unpatched vulnerabilities in SCADA/HMI/ICS systems. These are the types of
>> industrial control systems which are used by critical infrastructure such
> as
>> water treatment, power stations and gas pipelines.
>>
>> Mike
>>
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