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    Possibility of a corrupted Kernel??

    I was just thinking...

    Hypothetically, (no need for flaming about the impossibility of this) a "bad guy" gets a snippet of unwanted and undetected code into the linux kernel. Is it realistic that it would be found? The whole idea of open source is to be transparent, to be able to manually inspect every line yourself. Is it likely or even possible that someone would run across that snippet buried in 12 million lines of code? How often does the code in its entirety have a set of human eyes give it some attention?

    Just a curios thought.

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    I would say fairly slim what with regression testing, unit testing and code coverage tools and frameworks. Additionally IIRC, you don't submit to the main kernel source and your work gets checked before it goes gets accepted and integrated.
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