I thought we DID emphasis importance of the trusted translator.

A couple of extracts from the whitepaper. I have added the bold emphasis
here; it is not in the original paper:

'OS/400 is shipped with a âtrusted translator.â It is one of the key
architectural features in
OS/400 that provides protection against viruses. The translator takes
intermediate code
produced as a result of a compile operation and changes it into hardware
The trusted translator only produces âvalidâ OS/400 programs. By
definition, a valid
program does not contain viruses.'

'Three global controls (system values) allow iSeries administrators to take
control over what is restored onto the system.
 You can use Force Conversion on Restore (QFRCCVNRST) system value to
that all executable objects be âre-translatedâ (i.e. re-generate the
instructions) by the systemâs trusted translator before they are restored.
assures that if an executable object being restored to your system did
contain a
virus, the executable object is clean after it is restored. If an
executable object fails
re-translation, it will not be restored to the system. The ability to
hardware instructions and remove potential viruses from a program object is
to OS/400.

Patrick Botz
These are my opinions and not those of my employer.

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                                       OS/400 Virus Resistance             
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mike.Crump@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:Mike.Crump@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
> Subject: [Security400] White Paper on OS/400 Virus Resistance
> I've been looking for something that let's me communicate where
> OS/400 differs from the other operating systems and this does the
> job for me.....

One thing that I wish the authors would have done is really stressed the
importance of the use of the 'trusted translator'. Almost all of the
'nasties' they mention; manufacturing pointers, fooling CHKOBJITG, etc.,
*are* doable on the iSeries. Don't make the mistake (or be lulled into
believing) that it can't be done.

The trusted translator (Force Conversion on Restore) is the best protection
you have.


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