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•Re: •Web Security

by merlyn (Sage)
on Jun 23, 2002 at 13:52 UTC ( #176597=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Web Security

From what I understand, there was temporarily a note here from a fellow monk about how I had doubled the damage by revealing specifics.

Please let me assure you that the code snippet I posted by deliberate action:

  • Did not mention the name of the client
  • Changed the name of the parameter
  • Changed the eval-ish code
Yes, a correlation between the timing of my rant and my public schedule does indeed reveal that this is a $VERY_LARGE_COMPANY in Silicon Valley. I'll grant that as a leak. But the web search suggested to me in the message box revealed only a handful of companies, none of which is $VERY_LARGE_COMPANY.

Please give me a little credit here. I'm not willing to compromise my customer's security (even if they've already done it themselves). I'm just pointing out the sad state of web security in the world, and being afraid for my own transactions as I continue to shop and bank and share information on-line. And hoping maybe I can stir some of you up to take on security with a bit more vigor, or know when to call in the experts if you don't see why having eval and fatalsToBrowser were both compoundingly bad news there.

-- Randal L. Schwartz, Perl hacker

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