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Re: [Dazuko-devel] Dazuko XP

From: John Richard Moser
Subject: Re: [Dazuko-devel] Dazuko XP
Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2005 15:39:00 -0400
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John Ogness wrote:
> John Richard Moser wrote:
>>> I know that there are some commercial organizations working on getting
>>> Dazuko ported to WindowsXP. But I have no idea when that will be
>>> finished (or if it will be available at no cost). With WindowsXP Dazuko
>>> would be implemented as a mini-filter. This involves using
>>> Microsoft-Proprietary interfaces. To use these interfaces requires a
>>> license and signing a non-disclosure-agreement. This means that Dazuko
>>> for WindowsXP could never be open source.
>> Hold on.  If I scanned (`string`) MS DLL files and found these
>> interfaces, and wrote code into Dazuko to use them which I'd
>> subsiquently use to write my software, then suddenly I'd be arrested and
>> sued and tons of sh*t because (OMFG) I wrote a program that makes the
>> user's experience better by going through hooks in the OS and deflecting
>> viruses without a virus definition file?
> The Dazuko project does not intend to do any reverse engineering of
> "Microsoft-protected" interfaces.

Not saying you should.


> This sounds like a good idea... for any operating system.

DigSig.  It's a Linux patch from 2003.  This is just that idea backed
out of kernel space (less effective) and given a ton of userspace
support with fancy UIs (more effective).  In theory.  Obviously it won't
happen; why write a userspace trap when you can just use kernelspace in
free OSes?

> John Ogness

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