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Re: :zz: Ooops, that was meant to be private | Virus issue
- To: Ted Nelson <ted@xxxxxxxxxx>, zzdev@xxxxxxxxxx
- Subject: Re: :zz: Ooops, that was meant to be private | Virus issue
- From: Andrew Pam <xanni@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 27 Mar 1999 01:37:49 +1100
- Cc: ted@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
- In-reply-to: <18.104.22.168.19990323115030.00adad50@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>; from Ted Nelson on Tue, Mar 23, 1999 at 11:50:30AM -0800
- References: <22.214.171.124.19990323115030.00adad50@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Reply-to: zzdev@xxxxxxxxxx
On Tue, Mar 23, 1999 at 11:50:30AM -0800, Ted Nelson wrote:
> Bad things could happen if bad folks wanted them to--
> and remember, thousands of people ARE creating
> computer viruses.
Luckily this seems to have decreased significantly over the last couple
of years (AFAIK).
> Virusmakers seem not to have noticed the Open Source
> world yet, as a possible delivery vector for their viruses.
> No doubt they will.
Not at all true. Trojans have been attempted recently, and were
discovered within a day or two. The Open Source world is a very
ineffective way to attempt to propagate viruses and trojans, since anyone
can find the virus by examination and generally will in short order.
> And while ZigZag is not really Open Source-- meaning
> freebie public domain-- we're as vulnerable as anybody.
Yep. Which is to say, not very vulnerable.
> And just think-- I' trusting a lot of folks I never met!
It's a good feeling when that trust is repaid, isn't it!
> Those are my concerns. I'm sure that on reflection
> you will share them.
I accept the validity of your concerns, but I believe you seriously
overestimate the risk.
> This is not a problem I had thought about before.
> Fortunately Perl is easier to check out than other code--
> er, isn't it?
To the extent that it's easier to read than other programming languages,
yes. Which of course is relative and probably somewhat subjective.
mailto:xanni@xxxxxxxxxx Andrew Pam
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