NewsForge: Whistler could be the latest weapon in Free Software's arsenal
Nov 17, 2000, 14:26 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tina Gasperson)
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"Whistler might be just the thing to convince Windows hold-outs
to make the switch to Free Software. Thanks, Microsoft!"
"On the business front, Microsoft created Whistler with
powerful security configuration for network administrators -- such
as the ability to lock out any unsigned code, effectively blocking
users from installing their own software at workstations. ...
Systems administrators can set the network to accept and run only
those applications that have obtained a digital signature from a
certificate-granting authority like Verisign."
"Needless to say, that wouldn't create a loving atmosphere for
the average tech-savvy network user. Sysadmins would have the power
to block anything that hadn't been signed by their department, says
Bruce Perens, webmaster and owner of the Open Source technology
news site Technocrat.net. "I wouldn't want to work in that sort of
environment, but I can see why MIS managers would like it." Sounds
like a great work saver -- set the security level and walk away. No
more worries about those pesky users trying to put their little
utilities and games on the network."
"While users may feel put upon, professional computer
criminals just might fall in love with Whistler security
configurations. Rip-off a key or get one "legit" with a false
identity, and once inside the network, with signed code receiving
virtual carte blanche, there'd be wide latitude for looting and