Date: 2001-11-09 16:06:37
--- In boost_at_y..., "Ed Brey" <edbrey_at_y...> wrote:
> From: <williamkempf_at_h...>
> > Python scripts like this would be nice to place on the Wiki.
> Scripting code on a Wiki sounds dangerous. After a script has been
posted, a malicious user could come in and modify the script to
include some nasty code. Per the Wiki spirit, the bad code will be
detected and easily undone; however, until then, the script can have
its way with unsuspecting users with unfortunate timing.
> I know that Python has a restricted execution environment, which
can clamp down on what untrusted code can do. Perhaps a Python
expert can provide some words of advice in this area.
A valid concern, but I wouldn't expect anyone to run a script they
did not evaluate. Scripts provided by someone else are dangerous
regardless of the "deployment" mechanism. However, their usefulness
is such that it's nice to have them shared.
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