Re: Compiler Bugs, please! (Fergus Henderson)
24 Dec 2001 00:06:39 -0500

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From: (Fergus Henderson)
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 24 Dec 2001 00:06:39 -0500
Organization: Computer Science, University of Melbourne
References: 01-12-093
Keywords: errors
Posted-Date: 24 Dec 2001 00:06:39 EST

An interesting category of compiler bug that is often forgotten is "security
flaws". In some cases, where the compiler is part of a security enforcement
process (e.g. Java bytecode JIT compilers), this is obviously a consideration,
but security flaws can arise in any compiler -- for example, failure to use
appropriate permissions for installed programs or libraries, or for temporary
files. It's important to remember that security issues must be considered for
*every* program.
Fergus Henderson <> | "I have always known that the pursuit
The University of Melbourne | of excellence is a lethal habit"
WWW: <> | -- the last words of T. S. Garp.

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