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The Nightstar Zoo • View topic - 2018-11-17 Distributed trust and key validation

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:53 am 
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In some sense, this is just a normal computing problem, how do you trust the security of a remotely signed package? Can you trust the remote signer to not be compromised?

But if you're into sci-fi on the soft side, there's "A Fire Upon The Deep", where you can have a data stream that has to be executed in order to retrieve the data (active data ...)

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:26 pm 
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... the sad thing is, in Fire, you have "Zones of thought", roughly based on distance from the galactic center, where different laws of physics apply, and when you are in the space in-between the galaxies, you can actually have data where trying to decipher the data results in "running" it as a program in exactly the manner you just described.

... complete with all the expected problems of executing someone else's infectious virus.

(Ok, I am drastically simplifiying the book's plotline.)

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