RE: base64

From: Michael Wojcik (
Date: 09/26/03

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    Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2003 12:11:50 -0700

    > From: Bennett Todd []
    > Sent: Friday, September 26, 2003 1:08 PM
    > For the kind of companies I work in, the very best solution would
    > (in my opinion!) be a canonicalizer that was smart enough to hold
    > off actually committing any rewrites until it finds something that's
    > ambiguous or dangerous, and that leaves notes describing what it did
    > and why.

    Keep in mind that canonicalization, or any other sort of rewriting, is
    considerably more complex than scanning for invalid syntax and rejecting,
    and so it's more prone to be fragile and have bugs itself.

    I agree, though, that there won't be a universal solution. For my own
    incoming email, I'd prefer a strict filter that rejects (or more likely
    quarantines for further study) any messages with invalid Base64 or MIME
    syntax. With the amount of email traffic I get, and the proportion likely
    to fall into that category, that's manageable. But large organizations with
    many nontechnical users will obviously have different requirements.

    Michael Wojcik
    Principal Software Systems Developer, Micro Focus

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