The tiniest bug can blow a lot of security

The X11 windowing system is used on an awful lot of computers. Every Unix and Linux machine needs it – even Macs have it for the occasional open source prog (think OO) that isn’t created for Cocoa.

What does it take to create a critical vulnerability in such a venerable application? A missing parentheses.

Will this discovery bring newfound hope for my coding skills? I was wondering why makefile always crapped out on me – maybe it is just missing parens.

Naw, I think there is a lot more missing than that.

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