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:zz: Ooops, that was meant to be private | Virus issue
- To: zzdev@xxxxxxxxxx
- Subject: :zz: Ooops, that was meant to be private | Virus issue
- From: Ted Nelson <ted@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 23 Mar 1999 11:50:30 -0800
- Cc: ted@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Reply-to: zzdev@xxxxxxxxxx
As you no doubt just saw, I just expressed concern
about a possible virus if somebody makes us a
downloadable, executable Zip file for Windows.
This should NOT be taken as expressing suspicion
of the most excellent individual who has volunteered
to do it for us. (My immediate apology to him.) But
it should be taken as expressing concern for possible
icky circumstances which might, heaven forfend,
result from all sorts of things.
Bad things could happen if bad folks wanted them to--
and remember, thousands of people ARE creating
Virusmakers seem not to have noticed the Open Source
world yet, as a possible delivery vector for their viruses.
No doubt they will.
And while ZigZag is not really Open Source-- meaning
freebie public domain-- we're as vulnerable as anybody.
And just think-- I' trusting a lot of folks I never met!
Those are my concerns. I'm sure that on reflection
you will share them.
This is not a problem I had thought about before.
Fortunately Perl is easier to check out than other code--
er, isn't it?
Theodor Holm Nelson, Visiting Professor of Environmental Information
Keio University, Shonan Fujisawa Campus, Fujisawa, Japan
Home Fax from USA: 011-81-466-46-7368 (If in Japan, 0466-46-7368)
http://www.sfc.keio.ac.jp/~ted/ (Professorial page)
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Some plexities are calmer than others. TN99