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:zz: Security risk? PS--

So how come it's more of a security risk
 when it's loaded from a CNS copy than if I
 download it and run it on CNS myself?  Huh?  Huh ?-)


>WOOPS!  Gee, Andrew,
>I didn't realize we were a security risk.  I thought we were
> always running in user spaces which had limited privileges.
> And that while a master copy resides in system space somewhere,
> it just got copied into user space prior to execution.
>You mean a Perl program could break out of a user's
> low-privileged space ?-(
>Best, T
>At 05:06 PM 10/8/98 +1000, you wrote:
>>On Tue, Oct 06, 1998 at 02:45:16PM +1000, Gossamer wrote:
>>> Ted Nelson wrote:
>>> > Unforch CNS say they don't want ZZ files to open
>>> >  automatically from the whatchamacallit table.
>>> >  Say it's a security risk.
>>> Umm, xanni, can you translate this?  :)
>>Yeah, I can see why they feel that way.  Since zigzag cells can contain
>>perl code which can do anything the user can do, it would be trivial to
>>write trojans using zigzag that would do almost anything malicious when
>>certain cells were executed.  Of course, users should probably look at
>>the cell contents before executing them.  Since Zigzag doesn't execute
>>any cell contents automatically at present, only when requested by the
>>user, this is not a severe risk as it is with MS Word or Excel.
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