• Subject: RE: HELP...
  • From: "Shaw, David" <dshaw@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2000 08:42:27 -0500

-----Original Message-----
From: Victor Rodrigues [mailto:vr19089@icil.co.in]
Sent: Monday, January 10, 2000 11:57 PM
To: JAVA400-L@midrange.com
Subject: RE: HELP...

I know the as400 is hackable, and you must protect it
or you will find yourself in touble (And yes, you can
write virus for the as400). 

Shahar mor

hi shahar,
i'd been on news400 and got quite some faq's  on web security. but a VIRUS
they said was impossible.. could you brief please..



It's my understanding that by the strictest technical definition, a true virus
can't be created above the machine interface (MI) level.  Since IBM makes it
extremely difficult for anyone else to write stuff that affects objects at the
SLIC level, creating a true virus is allegedly very nearly impossible for anyone
outside of Rochester.

However, the popular definition of virus is basically any malignant program, and
in that sense the /400 is fairly easily infected with a broad range of virus
types, unless the system administrator is vigilant and prepared.  "Worms" and
"rabbits", for example, can be introduced onto most /400's by anyone who has or
can get programmer authority to the box.  And password hacking is only as
difficult as the administrator allows it to be...

Dave Shaw
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