|| ||Robert J Taylor <rjamestaylor-AT-cox.net>|
|| ||MSFT Code and BugTraq|
|| ||Mon, 16 Feb 2004 11:40:19 -0800|
Like you I had and have no desire to see the stolen and revealed Windows
source code. Actually, it makes me ill that this has occurred. But
today I realized that it will be very difficult *not* to see the code --
in snipits, anyway. The reason is that I subscribe to BugTraq.
Revelations of vulnerabilities usually are accompanied with proofs of
concept and, when available, analysis of the code in question. Today's
revelation of a bug in bitmap handling (!) in Internet Explorer 5.0 was
accompanied by a supposed (supposedly, because how could I know for
sure?) portion of Internet Explorer's source code.
Thus, from illegitimate means surely, begins the cultural assimilation
of Windows source code. Not by me, not by the vigilant, but by the
general programming population.
How far do those not wishing to be tainted with knowledge of illicit
code have to go to remain pure? Will BugTraq subscribers now be banned
from Open Source development?
This is disastrous and puts Microsoft in a strong position to challenge
everyone involved in every Microsoft-competing project, Open or Closed.
Robert J Taylor
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