1995-10-19 - Re: Postscript in Netscape

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From: tomw@orac.engr.sgi.com (Tom Weinstein)
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
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Message ID: <199510190229.TAA13011@orac.engr.sgi.com>
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UTC Datetime: 1995-10-19 02:29:44 UTC
Raw Date: Wed, 18 Oct 95 19:29:44 PDT

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From: tomw@orac.engr.sgi.com (Tom Weinstein)
Date: Wed, 18 Oct 95 19:29:44 PDT
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
Subject: Re: Postscript in Netscape
In-Reply-To: <DGn8F6.50y@sgi.sgi.com>
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In article <DGn8F6.50y@sgi.sgi.com>, fc@all.net (Dr. Frederick B. Cohen) writes:

> Jeff Weinstein - Electronic Munitions Specialist Wrote:
> ...
>> If a user configures a postscript viewer that has not had the
>> file operations disabled as a helper app to any web browser then
>> they are opening themselves up for a world of hurt.  The same is
>> true if they just download the file and run their viewer on it
>> manually.  The same is true if they configure /bin/sh as an
>> external viewer.
>> Obviously everyone should heed perry's warnings and emasculate
>> their postscript interpreters before using them to view files
>> of unknown origin.

> WRONG!!! Netscape claims to be "secure" - hence it is Netscape's job to
> be secure - regardless of the user's use of their product.  Otherwise,
> the ads should read:

> 	"Netscape can be used securely by sufficiently knowledgeable
> 	users who have emasculated their postscript interpreters before
> 	using them to view files of unknown origin, and who have removed
> 	all other known, unknown, and/or undisclosed security holes from
> 	their systems.  Otherwise, Netscape is insecure and should not be
> 	trusted."

If the user sets up a postscript viewer as an external viewer for
postscript files, it's not Netscape's fault if the viewer does something

Sure we spend a lot of money, but that doesn't mean    |  Tom Weinstein
we *do* anything.  --  Washington DC motto             |  tomw@engr.sgi.com