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Re: [edlug] Big blue v Big poo

Steve Kemp wrote:
On Tue, Mar 30, 2004 at 07:57:33AM +0000, Leo Friel wrote:

I find it bizarre how much chaos an outlook macro can wreak. Would you say that's an application problem? It's the application that's been exploited, for sure, but shouldn't the OS/kernel or whatever be able to protect it's own integrity?

  No.  It's an application proble, after all a macro is nothing more
 than a scripted step of user actions.  How can the operating system
 tell the two apart?

  An Emacs Lisp virus is trivial to write too, and the OS has no
 business protecting us from it.

An emacs lisp virus can only damage the space of the user whose priviledges it runs under. Normally that means it cannot touch system files and settings. In Windoze users can install anything over system files and change any configuration.


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