Chaz Meyers (cpm) wrote,
Chaz Meyers

From forging.

Quote via evan_tech, via simon_cozens, of chromatic:

With that digression out of the way, I'd like to propose a simple certification examination for people who'd like to write new mail filtering and response systems. It's very simple, just one question. If you answer the question correctly, you're free to write your software. If you answer the question incorrectly, you cannot ever write mail filtering software. I'm sorry, but that's just the way it is.

The question is, can a From address be forged?.

Temple's filters seem to be pretty good at filtering out the latest virus. (Not that it matters that much. It's hard to pwn a non-prived shell account on a commercial UNIX system..) However, it sucks at filtering out all of the * addresses warning that non-existant users are sending viruses. *sigh*

Oh, aside time. If you ever get a "Bus error", that, apparantly, is a kernel space error. So, it's probably something insanely dumb that you did, such as including an invalid control string in a *printf format string.

Oh, and I doubt that anyone reading this will know this, but does anyone have a clue as to how to get vim syntax highlighting to work over SSH on TruUNIX systems? To get this to work when SSHing to a RedHat system, I had to set TERM to color_xterm and switch from tcsh to bash. The TruUNIX system only runs tcsh and sh, and it does not like it when TERM is color_xterm. Putty is my ssh client of choice.

Er, yeah. Everyone probably stopped reading by now. Um... Look! Pretty South Park icon. DISCUSS. ;)

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