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From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-04-24 10:24:06

"Peter Dimov" <pdimov_at_[hidden]> writes:

> David Abrahams wrote:
>> "Giovanni P. Deretta" <lordshoo_at_[hidden]> writes:
>>> - It is extremely insecure. In a network library security must be
>>> paramount. If the transport type were encoded in the address, it
>>> would be much harder to validate externally received addresses. A
>>> similar argument can be made for the port numbers. It is better to
>>> keep these things separated. The library user can create its own
>>> indexed factory collection if it really needs to.
>> That's a very convincing argument.
> No, it isn't. If you analyze the security of the two cases
> carefully you'll see that there isn't much of a difference, except
> that the "transport-encoded" type gives you one bit of extra
> information, the transport, which you can check against your
> expectations.

Sorry, not enough sleep. I knew I wasn't quite saying what I meant.
I meant that if there is truly a security problem that's very
compelling. I don't know how to analyze whether that's the case or

Dave Abrahams
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