This is the second time this election cycle that Comelec has handed over the source codes to the BSP, a safeguard measure to ensure that there is a copy of the source codes that cannot be tampered with.
MANILA, Philippines – The Election Commission (Comelec) on Monday, May 2, deposited the source codes of the Transmission Router in escrow in a highly secure vault at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).
The Forwarding Router is software whose primary function is to manage the flow of information from the Counting Machines (VCM) and Consolidation and Canvassing System (CCS) to their intended destinations.
Only Comelec officials have the keys to the metal locks of the safe and know the combination codes. Source codes will not be recovered unless they become critical to the investigation of polling irregularities.
Custody complies with the amended Survey Automation Act and aims to ensure that there is a copy of the source codes that will not be open to tampering.
In February, Comelec also handed over to the BSP the USB keys containing the source code or software for the final election that will be used for the automated ballot on May 9.
“I think this is the last one, and we tested this forwarding router in our data centers, and it passed all the necessary changes,” Comelec commissioner Marlon Helmetjo said during the conference part. release of Monday’s event.
“The Technical Evaluation Committee, for [international certification entity] Pro V&V, has certified that these source codes work properly, securely and accurately. This takes one less worry away from us and brings us even closer to a successful election in a week’s time,” added Comelec President Saidamen Pangarungan.
Concerns about the transmission router gained traction in 2019 following a delayed transmission of election results to the transparency server, now known as the seven-hour glitch.
At the time, some reviewers alleged the existence of a separate “meeting room” or server, but Comelec said it was simply the transmission router, which was supposed to “just be a traffic cop” and “has never been a possibility to store data. – Rappler.com