NYTimes.com Article: Experts Attempt to Isolate Malicious Computer Program

Karl Anderson kra at monkey.org
Sun Aug 24 15:14:27 PDT 2003

jm at jmason.org (Justin Mason) writes:

> khare at alumni.caltech.edu writes:
> > SMTP must die. Long live TP!
> Rohit -- 
> in fairness, any protocol with 
>   1. broken user-agent apps that arbitrarily execute code with *full
>   permissions* and no user interaction, and
>   2. worse! -- users who will run any executable that's mailed to them by
>   some random forged address they've never heard of,
> is likely to be just as bad. :(

I'm annoyed that the Times (and every other newspaper I've read on
paper) describes this as a problem inherent to email, rather than a
mail client and OS problem.  A worm or virus strikes when "a user
opens an infected message" or "opens an attachment containing
malicious code".

Gee, I've never had a computer infected by reading mail or by opening

Why won't the reporters name the applications that are essential for
almost all of the spread of these viruses and worms?

Karl Anderson      kra at monkey.org           http://monkey.org/~kra/

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