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Re: Cross-distro binary compatibilty

On Thu, Jul 07, 2005 at 04:56:31PM +0100, Adam Stiles wrote:

> As I've said before, binary compatibility is irrelevant.  In fact, from a 
> security point of view, binary _in_compatibility -- to the point where 
> binaries compiled on one box would not run on any other box -- might be 
> desirable, then there could never be such a thing as a virus.

You're naive. Binary incompatibility won't stop macro viruses (and
users _do_ want their shiny macros work when they move a document from
one machine to an other). Also, AFAIK the world's first internet worm
spread partly as C source code and compiled its bootstrap code on the
target machine...


     MTA SZTAKI Computer and Automation Research Institute
                Hungarian Academy of Sciences

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