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Re: Re: Security considerations in Mathematica&J/Link

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  • Subject: [mg25146] Re: [mg25131] Re: Security considerations in Mathematica&J/Link
  • From: Murphy <werner.schuster at>
  • Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2000 21:25:40 -0400 (EDT)
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At 03:14 10.09.00 -0400, you wrote:
>Surely someone has thought a little about it; otherwise
>you could try breaking into WRI's integrator program. For example,
>Integrate [  ShellCommand["rm *"], x]
>In a "purely functional" subset of Mathematica you could do
>no input or output, you could not assign any values.  Then if
>you limit the amount of time and space consumed you are on the
>right track.  I suggest you remove ALL functionality not needed
>by clearing function definitions of irrelevant commands.
>But you seem to be interested in making a browser out of
>Mathematica... why care if he wrecks his own machine?

it's the other way around, I try to turn the Browser into  a  Mathematica 
so you can access notebooks over the web (Internet/Intranet);
this could eg. be used for Training; instead of setting up mathematica on every
single computer in a classroom, you put it on one computer (the server) and 
the students
can access the prepared notebooks using their browser and work with them 
just like
with the real FrontEnd;

or say you wrote some mathematica package that you want to sell; you could put
this notebook on your webserver (+ the software that connects mathematica 
to the web)
and allow users to test your package (like a demoversion);

but that are just possible ideas, at the moment its not more than a little 
non-serious experiment
(just to make sure I wont have 50 laywers standing at my door tomorrow 
trying to sue
me for license abuse ;-)  )


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