security issues

Michael T. Richter ttmrichter at
Wed Mar 15 03:09:12 UTC 2006

On Tue, 2006-14-03 at 14:32 +0000, R Kimber wrote:

> > No, it was far from that simple; if it were that simple, I suspect I'd
> > have handed in my resignation already! The problem was quite subtle,
> > and I've just posted a fuller explanation elsewhere in this thread.

> Many of us non-developers really appreciate all the work that you and
> the others in the team do.

> Things happen from time to time.

People keep responding with "unless you can code an OS without security
holes, shut up"-style responses.  This is, bluntly put, wrong-headed.
Can only gourmet chefs tell the difference between a properly-served
fois gras and a spoiled one?

The proper rejoinder isn't "unless you can code" but rather "unless you
can find an OS without security holes, shut up".  And, of course, this
means that the answer is the same -- because as far as I can tell the
only OS that is secure is one that's on a computer that is powered-off
and has had its CPU removed for extra security.

Colin, kudos on finding and fixing that bug so quickly and on being so
open about the nature of it.

Michael T. Richter
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