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SubjectRe: Coding style - a non-issue
On Fri, Nov 30, 2001 at 11:47:28AM -0500, Jeff Garzik wrote:
> The security community has shown us time and again that public shaming
> is often the only way to motivate vendors into fixing security
> problems. Yes, even BSD security guys do this :)

It's a bit different. Usually the security community uses it
when there isn't a way to fix the code (i.e. non-free code)
or when the maintaner of the code refused to fix the issue.
Also to "expose" the security problem isn't the same as
to flame.

While not a good idea, something like a long name
for a local var isn't a big problem like a completly
broken software with huge security holes used by milions of people
every day.

The quality of the code should be ensured in a different
way. If there is a standard coding-style you should either:

1) refuse to include broken code before the programmer fix it
2) fix it yourself before the inclusion

Flames aren't a good solution imho.

Salvatore Sanfilippo <>
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