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Re: GNU Sharutils and security

From: Eric Backus
Subject: Re: GNU Sharutils and security
Date: Thu, 1 Jul 2004 11:22:21 -0700

"Stepan Kasal" <address@hidden> wrote in message
> Hi,
> On Thu, Jul 01, 2004 at 06:45:47PM +0200, Bruno Haible wrote:
> > Before that, maybe it's time to split that package? uuencode and
uudecode are occasionally
> > useful and can therefore be reasonably part of a distribution. However,
shar and unshar
> > being a security leak by design, and being obsoleted by the addition of
MIME attachments
> > to email protocols, I think shar and unshar shouldn't be installed on
any Unix system by
> > default.
> What about moving uuencode and uudecode to GNU mailutils?  Does it make
> Stepan Kasal

Or perhaps uuencode and uudecode are simply fileutils, or possibly
textutils.  Email doesn't use them much anymore, right?

Eric Backus

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