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Re: [GNU-linux-libre] servers which push random code to clients

From: bill-auger
Subject: Re: [GNU-linux-libre] servers which push random code to clients
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2021 11:54:38 -0400

wireshark would probably not be helpful - the data exchange is
probably encrypted - most likely, the client would need to be
modified to expose the data, between the decoding and the
processing engine (if one even exists)

but, the telegram client was only given as a possible example -
even if that one program does not exhibit the problematic
behavior, there are probably many others which do - the mechanism
is simply too tempting and trivially accomplished, to assume

smalltalk devs were experimenting with this in the 70s,
transferring code and execution states across machines - today,
dynamic server control of client behavior, is fully ingrained
into the javascript culture - now that the javascript beast has
escaped its web-browser cage, it is a general concern for libre
distro maintainers

so, i am mainly looking for a general prescription, not only for
the sake of any one application

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