Re: computronium prime-oxide

Dan Clemmensen (
Thu, 19 Nov 1998 07:41:49 -0500

Eugene Leitl wrote:
> In fact, the longer it takes before the worm strikes, the more
> dramatic will the effects be. If the worm strikes a decade from now,
> y2k will look like an infinitesimally small beer in comparison.
> How can one address it? TCP/IP is too complex to be implemented in
> hardware, and protocols stacks cannot be made secure. Even if, there
> is still the application layer. Even security by obscurity (system
> diversity, which is not necessary an observable trend) won't help if
> the code is smart enough to discover exploits autonomously.
> Does anybody see any workaround against this? I don't.
One "simple" counter is to only run code that you have the source for and that you compiled yourself. This isn't perfect, but open-source code has a lot more eyes looking for and fixing vulnerabilities. A more difficult counter is to modify the hardware and/or compilers to remove certain common exploits.