The FBI’s recent encryption contretemps with Apple has reignited discussion around whether tech companies should be obliged to include backdoors in their software. Apart from the ethical arguments, the strongest ones so far highlight the threat these backdoors pose to the integrity of system security.
A recent case in point was made when researchers exposed the vulnerability of backdoors by using Microsoft’s Secure Boot feature to install malware – the very type of malicious software it was expressly created to protect against. They argue that this vulnerability underscores the futility of using backdoors for any purpose, no matter how well intentioned. The debate continues.