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Pointless discussion (was Re: Installation of software, and security. . .)
From: "David F. Skoll" <dfs () roaringpenguin com>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2005 17:37:16 -0400

Matt Beaumont wrote:

Good idea in principle, but a malicious package will just arrange to
tell J. Random User to run the install with whatever dangerous flags
allow the malware to do its thing,

This whole discussion is entirely pointless.

On modern systems, installing software is *by definition* highly
dangerous, no matter what.  If you let someone drop files in places of
their choosing (or even with a few restrictions), you've basically
agreed to give up control of your machine.

Consider how many packages need to install startup scripts or cron jobs.
And consider how those could be used to compromise a system.


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