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RE: [fyodor () insecure org: C|Net Download.Com is now bundling Nmap with malware!]
From: "Kain, Rebecca (.)" <bkain1 () ford com>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2011 18:57:34 +0000
Having seen the previous owner of my house's cabinet building skills, and living with them, I'm all for licensing!
From: Nathan Eisenberg [mailto:nathan () atlasnetworks us]
Sent: Tuesday, December 06, 2011 1:55 PM
To: nanog () nanog org
Subject: RE: [fyodor () insecure org: C|Net Download.Com is now bundling Nmap with malware!]
It could be argued that Nmap is malware, and such software has already
been called to be made illegal.
If I was Cnet, I would stop distributing his software altogether.
It could. But making such an argument calls the arguer's grasp of reality into question. Nmap is a tool, like any
other. It has no more ethical value than a nail gun or a hammer. In the hands of an engineer, it is a valuable
addition to a toolkit. In the hands of an attacker, it can become a weapon.
If it could be argued that Nmap is malware, then it could be argued that hammers are weapons; therefore, we should call
on Home Depot to stop carrying these deadly instruments with all due alacrity - or at least have governments step in
and create licensing programs for hand tools.