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A Perl for the Zaurus

by neophyte (Curate)
on Jul 15, 2002 at 09:12 UTC ( #181717=perlnews: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

I just saw that a kind soul has made an ipk-package out of Perl for the Zaurus. While one can use the Debian-Packages for ARM processors to install Perl on the Zaurus, this could be more convenient for some.

neophyte Niederrhein.pm

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Re: A Perl for the Zaurus
by Mr. Muskrat (Abbot) on Jul 16, 2002 at 03:59 UTC
    While I am in the market for handheld computers that can run Perl, I think I will stay away from the Zaurus line for now.
    I saw a link on Root Prompt to a article on a security hole they have. And here is the link to the original advisory posted by Syracuse University.

    My thoughts are mine and mine alone.
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      To put that into perspective:
      The article lets people believe the built-in ftp-server allows just anyone on the internet access to the Zaurus. Actually it is not that bad: it only allows access to hosts on the same private subnet (which would be your LAN or through the cradle).
      Sharp is working on it, I have heard that in newer ROMs the port 4242 (used for synching) is only used via the cradle. If you use a network card, that port is not open.

      A big PDA Security issue is user dependent, because many people just leave important data unencrypted (passwords, banking data, etc.) although there are some tools available to save such data encrypted.

      And frequent backups keep data loss at bay.

      neophyte Niederrhein.pm

        I think that they are great for home use. If I could afford it, I would have one of these already.

        I wouldn't trust them in a business environment though. Why risk getting fired?


        My thoughts are mine and mine alone.
        They did not originate with the voices in my head.
        Do not listen to what they say, it's all lies.

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