Virus free desktop
Robert P. Goldman
rpgoldman at sift.info
Thu Nov 20 03:15:26 GMT 2003
>>>>> "John" == John Davidorff Pell <johnpell at mac.com> writes:
>> What you'd need to do is to forbid the user ever to create
>> instructions that are executed by the system (or cripple the available
>> set of instructions really, really, badly). This means no macros in
>> your spreadsheets, etc., etc.
John> Does anyone ever actually use ANY MACRO that does ANYTHING
John> more than move some data around the spreadsheet, or copy it
John> to another sheet? If you use a MACRO to do anything more
John> than simple stuff like that then you're begging for a simple
John> typo to wide out some important stuff!
John> Also, isn't a MACRO (and I'm not talking about in M$ Orifice
John> where MACROs are written in VB) just a script? Why couldn't
John> you write and run a complete script as a non-privileged
Well, you can, but that doesn't make it a virus-free desktop, since if
you have macros, and you have people sending you email, which could
contain macros. You do something with the macro-containing email, it
mails itself to a zillion other people and, hey presto!, a virus.
Viruses don't need root privilege. That's why I think this idea is
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