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st: re: Stata 10 is Malware (also version 11?)


From   Kit Baum <baum@bc.edu>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: re: Stata 10 is Malware (also version 11?)
Date   Fri, 6 Nov 2009 07:34:22 -0500

<>
DemoCrazy said

I tried to install my *legal* copy of Stata 10 with one of those serials available on the web. I found the same behaviour: random dropping of variables.

Therefore the original Stata itself (not version modified by others as gus from Stata suggest) includes undocumented functions: this is definition of MALWARE.


This person quotes a Statalist posting from Alan Riley. If you read that posting:

"The only time we have ever seen a problem like this has been with

(certain corrupt or modified executables)
or
(licenses which are sometimes available from unofficial sources on the internet)"

punctuation added for clarity. If you apply the normal rules of English grammar to the OR conditional, it suggests that a StataCorp official is saying that either one of these circumstances could be associated with this behavior. It does not claim that the executable has to be hacked to provoke such behavior.

I have no inside knowledge on the workings of Stata's internals when presented with a license code known to be bogus, but the statement above IMHO is fair warning that those who use such licenses should expect a less than satisfactory experience.

Should software vendors put up a big warning dialog and say "We know you're a pirate: this program will now quit"? Or perhaps just shell format C:? I suppose different vendors have different strategies to deal with software piracy. But it doesn't surprise me that any software vendor tries to ensure that the pirates don't get away with it.

Kit

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