1996-01-25 - Re: Hack Java

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From: Matt Miszewski <crypto@midex.com>
To: Benjamin Renaud <br@scndprsn.Eng.Sun.COM>
Message Hash: 67109939c09f3668e4af7f1da59b4219a68bf06f59748015024fb6aa06d469e9
Message ID: <Pine.3.89.9601240858.A6438-0100000@shaq.midex.com>
Reply To: <199601240001.QAA25104@springbank.Eng.Sun.COM>
UTC Datetime: 1996-01-25 20:33:48 UTC
Raw Date: Fri, 26 Jan 1996 04:33:48 +0800

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From: Matt Miszewski <crypto@midex.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Jan 1996 04:33:48 +0800
To: Benjamin Renaud <br@scndprsn.Eng.Sun.COM>
Subject: Re: Hack Java
In-Reply-To: <199601240001.QAA25104@springbank.Eng.Sun.COM>
Message-ID: <Pine.3.89.9601240858.A6438-0100000@shaq.midex.com>
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On Tue, 23 Jan 1996, Benjamin Renaud wrote:

> Yes. And if you also let an intruder in your house, have them sit at
> your computer with your newborn child in the room and go on vacation,
> things can get really, really nasty.

I guess that wu-ftp never was distributed with security holes.  Never 
heard of anyone distributing maliscious lookalike packages.  How many 
folks do you think downloaded the linux-JDK and use it without checking 
it out first.  That takes care of the compiler.  And distributing bad 
netscape or other browsers is childs play.  So I guess your newborn is 

Stick to your belief that Java is secure because, darn it, it just would 
be hard for anyone to do bad things with it.  Please.

> -- Benjamin
>    Java Products Group