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st: -shell- safety


From   Richard Sherman <sherman@maxwell.syr.edu>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: -shell- safety
Date   Mon, 1 Nov 2004 07:25:44 +0100

Dear list,

This hasn't been a problem yet for me, and I've heard nothing to
suggest that it has been a problem for others, but:

If someone distributes a program that includes something like

	shell do-something-nasty

will Stata do-something-nasty as the program instructs, or will it stop
and ask me for permission? (as far as I can tell, Stata will do what
the program says).

If Stata goes right ahead and does-something-nasty, then are there good
reasons not to ask for a wish-list item that might stop that from
happening without additional user input?

The manuals may well address this question; my manuals are out of reach
for now. And I haven't summoned to courage to write a test program that
tries to erase my hard disk.

-Richard

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Richard Sherman
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Leiden University
Leiden, Netherlands
http://faculty.maxwell.syr.edu/sherman
( my web site will soon migrate to
http://homepage.mac.com/richard.sherman/main/ )

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