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Re: Is the 'Perl Community' naive and/or stupid?

by fergal (Chaplain)
on Dec 08, 2005 at 11:13 UTC ( #515206=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Is the 'Perl Community' naive and/or stupid?

Perl's sprintf had a bug that can cause buffer overflow and therefore execution of arbitrary code. A particular actual real live vulnerability due to this exists in webmin. So although many of the "blurblurgitators" probably are misinformed to some extent, there was a real security hole in perl.

I also don't think it was a coordinated smear campaign. There are plenty of people who'll gloat and cheer at a hole found in rival language - no need for coordination :).

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