Re: [Jon Udell / Derek Robinson] Distributed HTTP, Beyond Napster

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From: Jeff Bone (
Date: Sat Sep 30 2000 - 08:46:34 PDT

> So, Tony, consider this a flame: What the hell bits do you have to
> back up your touchy-feely, heeby-jeeby unsubstantiated,
> soon-to-die-in-bit-to-bit-mortal-kombat assertion below?

Yow! GO ROHIT! :-)

> kills me I can't deploy the Right Answer (TM).

Hear ya.

> But they are *not* within shippable reach. People understand locks
> and keys and file cabinets and blacklists. Credentialling,
> delegation, and webs of trust are out of the commercial question.

Isn't that always the story, even aside from the particular security issue
you're mentioning? It's enough to make one cynical.

> I'm a little sick of folks dissing the theoretical impossibility of the Web.

Yup, me too.

> Or are you implying another tack, that no one could write a
> reasonably-secure HTTP microserver capable of withstanding serious
> security auditing? I hear no less than Jef Poskanzer has one that
> runs off of inetd in 150 lines of C.

It's a beautiful piece of work, too! (NB: we tried to hire Jef for Activerse,
couldn't get him excited about Austin. :-/ )


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