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+ - Apple libc insecure handling of word expansion->

Submitted by bobo the hobo
bobo the hobo (302407) writes "It appears that Apple's libc's shell word expansion routine shells out to Perl in a highly questionable fashion.

/* XXX this is _not_ designed to be fast */
/* wordexp is also rife with security "challenges", unless you pass it
WRDE_NOCMD it *must* support subshell expansion, and even if you
don't beause it has to support so much of the standard shell (all
the odd little variable expansion options for example) it is hard
to do without a subshell). It is probbably just plan a Bad Idea
to call in anything setuid, or executing remotely. */


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Comment: Re:3 cars plus one techie w/a persecution complex (Score 1) 371

by ponraul (#46699001) Attached to: Smart Car Tipping Trending In San Francisco
No. They're cars with petrol engines that get about 6 l/100km. Merces-Benz owns Smart and sells Smart Cars in the US market to offset all the E- and M- class cars which get around 9 l/100km in the CAFE. Personally, I'd feel safer driving in a Trabant 601 than one of these pieces of shit.

Comment: Re:Breed out the need for sports (Score 1) 253

by ponraul (#45990315) Attached to: How would you use science to innovate upon sports?
It's time to get over the nerd-jock dichotomy from high school and from all the sitcoms you watched. There are a lot of adults who play and train for sports who aren't at a professional level. They have long term goals for self-improvement and work everyday toward them. What happens in professional sports sets benchmarks for what they want to achieve.

Also, people need to be entertained. Even the hardline communists realised this. They invested in sport, entertainment movies, and music for exactly that reason in a system where they could have chosen to use all of those resources to establish a moon colony.

+ - Kevin Mitnick Testifies Before House Committee 2

Submitted by AliasBackslash
AliasBackslash (2719011) writes "Kevin Mitnick along with several other security analysts testified before the House Committee regarding the security of the website. From the article:

Kevin Mitnick, the former criminal hacker and founder and CEO of Mitnick Security Consulting, wrote: " retrieves information from numerous third-party databases belonging to the IRS, Social Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security, and other State agencies. It would be a hacker's wet dream to break into and potentially gain access to the information stored in these databases. A breach may result in massive identity theft never seen before — these databases house information on every U.S. citizen!"

Soon after this story hit the news, Mitnick posted this on Twitter"

% APL is a natural extension of assembler language programming; ...and is best for educational purposes. -- A. Perlis