A safe text editor // why??

John Morris john at zultron.com
Tue Sep 11 15:37:31 CEST 2012

On 09/10/2012 04:55 PM, Robert J. Hansen wrote:
> Second, no, of course the distro-on-a-stick doesn't defend against Van
> Eck phreaking.

Distro-on-a-stick doesn't defend against anything if you don't trust the 
hardware, which you shouldn't if you don't trust the software.  It's 
entirely feasible to set up a machine that appears to be booting your 
operating system from a normal system BIOS, but is actually booting it 
in a virtual machine, whose memory, keyboard and video screen are 
visible to the host OS.

Anyway, if you are doing something that is all of (1) highly secret, (2) 
highly valuable, and (3) in a highly uncontrolled environment and this 
really is a serious question, you would not be advertising it on a 
public mailing list.  If you are missing any one of those conditions, 
this can't be considered a question worth spending such extraordinary 
energy on.


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