Hi, long time no see. I didn't die, just off checking out other planets. :-) My meditation came about as I tried to think of ways to make Perl economically useful. I thought the most useful tool one could have now, is some sort of end-to-end encrypted communications system, written in Perl, yet really can't be tampered with without proper keys, etc. Much like Microsoft's new voting system. :-)
Anyways, how secure is a properly compiled and sha-checked source install of Perl and its core sockets modules. Are they prone to breaking, are there obvious security flaws that would preclude it from being used for encrypted end-2-end messaging scheme. Are there problems in Perl's buffers that make it vulnerable to text-mining core dumps etc.
Would you buy a working end-2end port-specific encryption system written is Perl? Would you trust it in encrypted communications?
This idea is probably my last attempt to make use of Perl, but would Perl stand up in court as being a viable software choice? Could I be shown to be negligent by using Perl? :-)
I expect this meditation to go on for awhile. :-)