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From: Jon Rochlis <jon@ATHENA.MIT.EDU>
Date: Sun 15:13:17 06/11/1988 EST
Subject: Re: Disassembled virus?
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I think it entirely possible that someone will pull a copy off the net, and try to improve it, or "test it, just for fun". When we discussed this at MIT yesterday that was the key point. Jeff Schiller made the point (which I think is valid) that providing C code that somebody can cut, paste, compile, insert "rm -f /" in, and run is dangerous. The energy barrier between modifying and running a posted program and writing it yourself is significant. Its just far too simple for anybody to run if you ship the source to the world. The ideas aren't the important thing (they're already out and not very suprising or clever, modulo the fingerd bug) and we (at least) intend to go into a fair amount of detail decscribing them. A lot of people can duplicate this virus (and do a better job at it than Morris did!). Not shipping source code simply narrows that down a bit. Whether or not that is significant is up for debate. -- Jon
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