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The head of the company that created the Web-filtering software that the Chinese government will require on all new personal computers acknowledged that the current version of the software contains security flaws and said that they were trying to fix the problems, according to China Daily.
Bryan Zhang, CEO of Jinhui Computer System Engineering, the primary developer of the software, told the state-run newspaper that authorities had ordered Jinhui to fix security glitches in the software. A notice sent to PC makers last month said they must include the software with all new PCs shipped in China as of July 1.
'We are specialists in producing Internet filtering software rather than security,' Zhang said, according to the China Daily.
Last week, researchers at the University of Michigan said that preliminary tests of the software, called Green Dam-Youth Escort, found that it contained programming errors that would expose computers to attack when users are surfing the Internet. In addition, the researchers found that users could also unknowingly download malicious software while installing Green Dam filter updates.
'Green Dam makes frequent use of unsafe and outdated programming practices that likely introduce numerous other vulnerabilities,' their report said. 'Correcting these problems will require extensive changes to the software and careful retesting.'
Zhang downplayed the concerns over security, noting that Green Dam's flaws were no different from those found in other software of the same kind. '[T]his is normal. Any software has bugs,' he told the AFP.
Chinese officials have said the purpose of the Green Dam software is to protect children from online pornography. The software, introduced last year, has been downloaded over 7 million times and installed on 2.6 million school computers, according to Jinhui's Web site.
The security issues are the latest blow to the government's plans for the software, which has been criticized at home and overseas for its potential to block non-pornographic and politically sensitive content. Lawyers in China are also challenging the government's practices in procuring the software, and a U.S. maker of Internet filtering software has alleged that portions of Green Dam's code were stolen from its own similar program.Sky Canaves