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asked 2010-11-28 14:31:00 -0500

Ethan Van Andel gravatar image

In addition to my current development work, I'm working on a paper examining Sage from a computer security perspective. As a open source, widely distributed software system, that must be a concern. The server components that can execute potentially arbitrary code on the server make security even more of a concern.

Is there any documentation that talks about Sage's security precautions?--My initial research i.e. googling and searching the documentation failed to turn anything up.

Are there people who work on that aspect who would be willing to answer a few email questions in the next two weeks?

Is there anything else I should know? I plan to do some fiddling and testing on my own to see what I can turn up.



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answered 2010-11-29 03:21:41 -0500

niles gravatar image

Karl might be referring to this thesis, which I found on the Sage publication list:

Yoav Aner. Securing the Sage Notebook. Masters thesis, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK, 2009.

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Yes, thanks for looking it up, Niles!

kcrisman gravatar imagekcrisman ( 2010-11-29 08:50:22 -0500 )edit

answered 2010-11-29 01:52:00 -0500

kcrisman gravatar image

I believe someone did a Master's thesis on this, and discussed it a fair amount with the community - the Sage devel threads should be searchable for this (even if in general they are not very easily searchable, thanks to Google groups...).

Sorry if this isn't detailed enough (I don't have enough time in the margin to find it), but maybe it will be useful to you to know it is out there.

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