1996-01-30 - Re: FV Demonstrates Fatal Flaw in Software Encryption of Credit

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From: “Ed Carp, KHIJOL SysAdmin” <erc@dal1820.computek.net>
To: bplib@wat.hookup.net (Tim Philp)
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Message ID: <199601300335.WAA20456@dal1820.computek.net>
Reply To: <Pine.OSF.3.91.960129221928.14389B-100000@nic.wat.hookup.net>
UTC Datetime: 1996-01-30 05:45:13 UTC
Raw Date: Tue, 30 Jan 1996 13:45:13 +0800

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From: "Ed Carp, KHIJOL SysAdmin" <erc@dal1820.computek.net>
Date: Tue, 30 Jan 1996 13:45:13 +0800
To: bplib@wat.hookup.net (Tim Philp)
Subject: Re: FV Demonstrates Fatal Flaw in Software Encryption of Credit
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Message-ID: <199601300335.WAA20456@dal1820.computek.net>
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> > >There are many ways to spread it besides a virus.  Zillions of 'em.  And
> > 
> > There are zillions (what, more than one thousand?) ways to get someone
> > to run a random piece of software that will capture their keystrokes?
> Not wishing to get in the middle of this controversy, I have been 
> wondering about the possibility of using a JAVA applet to do keyboard 
> sniffing. As I am not familiar with this language, does anyone know if 
> this would be possible?

>From what I've read about Java, it is not possible to use Java in this
way.  But keep in mind that while I've got this neat-o book on Java at my
elbow, I'm not independently wealthy nor am I a college student with lots
of time on his hands, so I haven't gotten very far into the book.  But
from what I've read and heard, it's not possible to compromise the
integrity of the interpreter - unless, of course, you buy into the
conspiracy crap that FV is trying to sell, and an Evil Computer Genius has
managed to replace your Java interpreter with one of his own design, which
he then uses to subvert your entire operating system and machine, etc.
<insert sound of manicial laughter here> ;)
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