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Re: lynx-dev Using hotmail with lynx

From: David Woolley
Subject: Re: lynx-dev Using hotmail with lynx
Date: Sun, 11 Oct 1998 10:38:12 +0100 (BST)

> 981010 lion wrote: 
> > When I'm composing a letter from hotmail, navigating with lynx,
> > what can I do to increase the number of lines in the "text-entry field",
> > so that I could send a text with more lines? 
> nothing: the problem has been discussed more than once,
> but allowing users access to an editor in such cases
> presents security problems, which no-one has found a way round.

That only applies to an external editor, and in the general case that
would be impossible to secure.

It could be done with an internal editor, but that is probably more
difficult to achieve with simple, localised, changes to the code.

> well, on second thoughts, maybe that's a VERY good example
> why we should be careful not to exaggerate security threats ...

Allowing an external editor is a very serious threat on captive systems,
because it is very easy to exploit with most editors, and only requires
the use of normal end user functions.  The implication of this is that
an external editor cannot be the only option; there must be an internal
option as well.

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