posted on Dec, 11 2004 @ 06:11 PM
Looks like a constant declaration in C++. They would have to encode the key or else they would not be able to decrypt files. There are other ways,
like reading the key from a file off of a secured server at the elections office. This is just like the very common practice of encoding passwords in
software for database access. That is very common.
Something to ask is how old the source code is that this team reviewed. That could be an old release that was changed once word got out that the
source code was available on their FTP site awhile ago. At least, I would hope they changed that single line...
[EDIT]: Doh! Sorry Indy, I just repeated virtually your entire post. Sorry, didn't read your post first.
[edit on 12/11/2004 by titian]