[cap-talk] capabilities Q - charts review + comments
smagi at naasking.homeip.net
Tue Jun 13 21:45:04 EDT 2006
Jed at Webstart wrote:
> I wonder if people would as easily recognize that codec software
> needs even less authority (e.g. no keyboard/display authority)?
> Perhaps the codec example is more obscure because it's functioning
> is more hidden. Still, from a technical viewpoint (perhaps depends
> on the audience) I consider it a more compelling example.
I think codecs require too much technical background to be an effective,
> I suppose one could use jpg decompression software as a bit
> more immediate example - e.g. the famous exploit in Microsoft's
> software in that area. To me any of this media manipulation
> software effectively fits into this "don't need to trust, but
> are forced to by the environment" category.
I was just about to suggest this example. It's good for hitting so close
to home for so many. :-)
Again though, I think codecs and image renderers presupposes a
familiarity with software design that will limit the audience; on the
other hand, even grandma can understand that Solitaire shouldn't be able
to e-mail her financial statements.
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