Re: Software and the First Amendment

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From: Robert S. Thau (
Date: Mon Jul 31 2000 - 09:09:22 PDT

Lucas Gonze writes:

> How about posting a message giving enough details on how to write a
> run-on-receipt virus that any coder can do the actual writing? Something
> like "To write a run-on-receipt virus, do ..." Imminent incitement? At
> some level of detail you are publishing a program in everything but name.

Full-disclocsure security lists like Bugtraq feature these sorts of
messages all the time; C source code for buffer-overflow expolits is
not at all hard to find. Bugtraq in particular is run by and for
legitimate computer security professionals who view that speech as
necessary for their jobs, on the theory that you can't discuss how to
fix a problem without being able to describe the problem itself in
precise technical detail.


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